NY cannabis management head asks for crackdown on illegal sales

The head of New York State’s Office of Cannabis Management is asking for a crackdown on illegal sales of the drug.

Chris Alexander testified Tuesday at the first public hearing for the New York State Senate Subcommittee on Cannabis.

More enforcement against unlicensed sellers is needed not only for public safety, but also to protect legitimate businesses from unfair competition, Alexander said.

“It is likely that by the end of the year, New York will boast heavy representation among the top performing dispensaries in the country,” he explained.

There are now 27 retail marijuana businesses across the state.