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This week the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) posted new emergency regulations on unlicensed activities. This is the latest move in the ongoing battle against illegal operations in the Empire State.

Under these rules, “The Office may issue a notice of violation and order to cease unlicensed activity to any person, as defined in section 40-a of the Cannabis Law, who is cultivating, processing, distributing or selling cannabis, cannabis product, cannabinoid hemp or hemp extract product, or any product marketed or labeled as such in this state, or engaging in an indirect retail sale, without obtaining the appropriate registration, license, or permit therefor.”

Those who receive the notice must cease the operations. Marijuana and noncompliant hemp products may be confiscated. The notice also leads to a hearing that should be scheduled in less than fifteen days from the date of the notice. Potential penalties and fines will be decided at a hearing.

Benzinga wanted to learn more about the latest effort to crack down on illegal operations in New York, so we reached out to Michelle Bodian, partner at Vicente LLP and a leading member of the firm’s cannabis licensing and regulatory compliance efforts in New York.

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