October is over, and here are BP’s top stories of the month, feat. illegal dispensaries, Superstorm Sandy, and election drama • Brooklyn Paper – Brooklyn Paper

The door has closed on October, but some of the news that broke through the month will stay with Brooklynites for weeks or even years to come.

Some New Yorkers have grown tired of waiting for the state to start issuing licenses to sell recreational marijuana after adult use and retail sale of the drug was legalized last year — but their not-quite-legal stores are drawing ire from neighbors. Ten years after Hurricane Sandy, Brooklynites are still living with the damage wrought by the devastating storm — and Downtown Brooklyn residents are asking the Department of Transportation to make some changes to a recent dramatic street makeover. In southern Brooklyn, congressional candidates are sparring over what is arguably the city’s most important election of the year.

Brannan, Gounardes call for crackdown on illegal marijuana dispensaries in midst of legalization ‘purgatory’ AP Photo/Mel Evans

New York is in a “legal purgatory” more than a year after it legalized recreational use and sale of marijuana — the state still hasn’t issued any retail licenses to weed stores, but that hasn’t stopped illegal dispensaries from popping up all over the borough — and some local politicians are asking the NYPD to take action.

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