The Real Deal reports:
A City law that demands landlords squash illegal weed shops went into effect on Monday. The enacted bill, from Queens Council member Lynn Schulman, will slap fines up to $10,000 on landlords who knowingly lease commercial space to unlicensed marijuana sellers, according to a press release.
Weed sellers themselves get off a lot easier. They face $1,000 fines for their first violation and $2,000 for every one afterward. The new law had 29 sponsors — more than half of the 51-member body — and passed in late June. Approximately 8,000 illegal, unlicensed smoke shops are operating in the city, according to the Council.
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At least five bodegas and smoke shops within a block of me are openly selling weed. A couple of the newer ones have references to weed in their name.
Some landlords may be thinking, “What is Lynn Schulman smoking?” Under her law, those whose tenants sell cannabis without a license must enforce the law themselves, or face fines. REBNY supports it. https://t.co/XYibqCp7As
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