Bay Ridge community calls on shops to stop selling marijuana without license
BAY RIDGE — Southern Brooklyn residents, police officers and elected officials are calling for the stop of smoke shops operating unlicensed marijuana businesses.
U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference near Bay Ridge Catholic Academy at Fourth Avenue and 83rd Street on Oct. 28 and talked about the unlawful operation of pot shops that are popping up around Bay Ridge and the city.
“We are here outside of a school, which is very close to an unauthorized marijuana selling shop. There are two in this vicinity not too far away from each other,” she said. “My office has received phone calls from parents who are concerned. It’s inappropriate whether it’s legal or illegal to have a marijuana dispensary so close to a school.”
The Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act was passed by New York State in March 2021. However, there haven’t been retail licenses for recreational dispensaries.