Tag: illegal-smoke-shops

Op-ed: Making the change: Illegal cannabis stores will now be closed!


May. 1, 2024 By Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato I am currently writing this in the early hours after intensely debating the State Budget. As your State representative, I have been working to pass fiscal policies that represent the needs of our community. Moments ago, our community scored a tremendous victory as I voted yes and…
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Assemblymember Rajkumar’s ‘Operation Smokeout’ gains momentum: rallying for passage of ‘SMOKEOUT Act’ to combat illegal smoke shops in NYC


Apr. 2, 2024 By Anthony Medina An ‘Operation Smokeout’ campaign spearheaded by Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar has brought multiple rallies across the city to advocate for passage of the “SMOKEOUT Act,” ahead of the bill’s anticipated success this month.  Rajkumar, who represents District 38 in the New York State Assembly, introduced the SMOKEOUT Act early this…
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Senator Addabbo shuts down illegal Smoke Shop, faces ongoing battle to close more

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Feb. 28, 2024 By Anthony Medina A neighborhood dispute between a Queens state Senator and a smoke shop caught illegally selling cannabis last year boiled over this month, with law enforcement placing a restraining order on the business’ storefront. Magic Pack, a smoke shop located at 84-17 Jamaica Ave., has been shut down by authorities and is unlikely to reopen after State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Woodhaven) called for its closure and began working with law enforcement last year to make it happen. Addabbo collaborated with the NYPD and NYC Sheriff’s office to close Magic Pack down, which is…
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AM Rajkumar proposes new bill to shutter illegal smoke shops across the city and state


Jan. 4, 2024 By Anthony Medina A new bill sponsored by Queens Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar aims to shut down smoke shops that are illegally selling cannabis in New York City. Rajkumar’s bill, called the SMOKEOUT Act (A8428), was introduced in Albany last week, and would grant local municipalities the power to close smoke shops caught illegally selling cannabis. Currently, the industry is primarily policed on a state level and enforcement has been limited. The bill aims to address the public’s concern about the proliferation of illegal smoke shops, which have emerged since cannabis use was legalized in 2021. “My…
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