Kew Gardens is turning into weed gardens – with another brazenly unlicensed cannabis shop opening in fashionable Queens.
The illegal marijuana store, called Pre-Roll World, had its grand opening on Metropolitan Street two days ago with a lot of fanfare.
“I don’t get it. It’s not licensed. The city isn’t doing anything about it,” Kew Gardens community activist Sylvia Hack, a member of Community Council No. 9, said.
Hack said Community Board 9 would discuss the prevalence of such illegal cannabis shops, which have been proliferating along local strips of commerce without fear of consequences.
Dominic Pestone, president of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, added, “At best, they’re jumping. At worst, they’re illegal.”
How are they allowed to work? Why are they allowed to work? “
He said he would discuss the black market with the NYPD’s 102nd Precinct.
A Post reporter walked into the store on Sunday and bought a box of STIIIZY Edible “cannabis-infused” gummies for $30. The store accepts cash only.
The shop—decorated outside with hordes of colorful balloons and inflated gold lettering that read “Grand Opening”—provided an abundance of cannabis pleasures. There were pre-rolled joints, a plethora of different levels of flowering marijuana, vapors, oils and many more foods.
Almost all of the products were labeled California, claiming to be grown or made in the Golden State.
Under New York’s “Seeds for Sale” law, hemp products sold here must be grown and manufactured in the Empire State.
Workers in the store claimed that the company that owned Pre-Roll World had applied for a government license.
The state recently granted New York’s first 36 licenses to sell cannabis: 28 to retailers and 8 to non-profit groups. None of them have been opened, nor have they even been located.
The Post recently purchased products at two local non-licensed cannabis stores in Kew Gardens: Triangle Dreams at 82-64 Austin St. and Lefferts Exotics at 81-27 Lefferts Blvd.
Critics say starting a cannabis program in New York is turning out to be a bad ride.
One study released last week claimed that there are “potentially tens of thousands of illicit cannabis companies” currently operating out of structures, smokehouses and other storefronts in New York City — with some pop-up shops selling bad or seriously contaminated weed. A new study reveals.
Meanwhile, the Cannabis Social Justice Coalition said early legal sellers were not adequately trained for the market and would face a mountain of debt.
In another bizarre twist in the New York pot saga, The Post reported Sunday that three nonprofits have been granted state licenses to legally sell weed and, ironically, offer drug use services — or enforce sobriety for participants.
New York organizers have also come under fire after information emerged that former NBA star Chris Weber, who was tapped by the state to help raise $200 million in a public-private partnership for the nascent legal weed industry, had failed to raise any funds.
The Office of Cannabis Administration has defended its launch of the program.
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