An unlawful pot store that overtly opened up throughout from the DA’s workplace was closed and emptied Monday after being exposed by The Post.
The retailer — steps away from the busy Kew Gardens Union Turnpike subway cease — was serving cannabis-infused goodies and flowered marijuana when The Post visited on Sunday.
A go to Monday discovered an empty storefront with no hashish anyplace inside, coated by a gated fence.
It was unclear whether or not metropolis or state authorities inspected the premises. There weren’t any notices of violation posted on the storefront and it wasn’t clear if the closure was everlasting.
A brand new metropolis legislation authorised earlier this yr permits authorities to go after Big Apple landlords who lease retailer area to unlawful weed or tobacco sellers.
Landlords face preliminary fines of $5,000 after which $10,000 following inspection thereafter.
Councilwoman Lynn Schulman, who sponsored the legislation focusing on landlords, stated the specter of fines might have spurred the constructing’s proprietor to order the tenant to close the unlicensed hashish store.
“I’m glad the legislation is having some impact,” stated Schulman, whose district consists of the civic hub in Kew Gardens.
“These unlawful companies are a public security hazard and a well being hazard.”
She famous that the illicit outlets appeal to robbers as a result of they deal in money and the weed merchandise might be tainted as a result of they’re not regulated or examined by the state.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards playfully cited late rapper Notorious B.I.G./Biggie Smalls whereas applauding the closure of the illicit pot store.
“Like Biggie stated, by no means get excessive by yourself provide. Sorry to kill the vibe, however the state’s licensing program is the legislation and everybody should abide,” Richards stated.