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Cannabis seized, notice of violation and cease order at six Rochester shops Tuesday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Tuesday, six stores in Rochester had seized cannabis products seized during inspections by the Office of Cannabis Management.

News 8 got an exclusive inside look at three of these inspections — at Flavors Smoke Shop on Goodman, Top Smoke Shop on Culver, and Lyell Smoke Shop — as they seized thousands of items, at an estimated $500,000 worth of product.

Daniel Haughney is the Director of Enforcement for OCM, and was leading the charge at those inspections Tuesday.

He says OCM can conduct a regulatory inspection against a business that is selling –
or believe to be selling cannabis products.

“Typically when we go in, word spreads quickly that we’re operating in a specific area, so we like to get those locations that are close in proximity, at the same time so they can’t close and lock the doors before we get there,” Haughney said as to why they hit multiple places in Rochester today.

When OCM enters, they verify if an owner has a license. If the product in the store is deemed to be illicit, it’s cataloged and seized. Haughney says planning ahead can range from days to months, and start from tips from OCM’s site, municipalities, investigators, or other law enforcement.

OCM then coordinates with local police, and several state agencies, and diverts staff from across the state, who all work together on-site.

“Every investigator has a specific role, so when they go in, they know what their role is, and it really makes it run very smoothly when we’re inside,” Haughney said,

At the aforementioned three sites, OCM found bags and jars of flower, joints, edibles, and even a bag of illegal mushrooms.

At Lyell Ave, hundreds of thousands of cannabis-marked packaging… Targeting kids, Haughney says, was found.

“The ones that are trademark infringement, the package that says Skittles or Lucky Charms, those are the ones we want to get off the street,” he said, saying on-site that some of these products can have hundreds of milligrams of THC.

After an inspection, a notice of violation and cease order is posted against the owner, but they are not arrested and charged… But if other illegal drugs are found — like that bag of mushrooms — the owner could be charged for those.

Haughney says an inspection is purely an administrative process. If they don’t comply, there are further fines, sanctions and tax penalties. Afterward, OCM tasks the landlord to evict the business owner. If that doesn’t happen the state takes over.

Haughney praised his team today.

“All the investigators walked out safe, and there were no issues related to the inspection, and everything was done safely, so that’s a good day,” he said.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Tuesday, six stores in Rochester had seized cannabis products seized during inspections by the Office of Cannabis Management.

News 8 got an exclusive inside look at three of these inspections — at Flavors Smoke Shop on Goodman, Top Smoke Shop on Culver, and Lyell Smoke Shop — as they seized thousands of items, at an estimated $500,000 worth of product.

Daniel Haughney is the Director of Enforcement for OCM, and was leading the charge at those inspections Tuesday.

He says OCM can conduct a regulatory inspection against a business that is selling -or believe to be selling cannabis products.

“Typically when we go in, word spreads quickly that we’re operating in a specific area, so we like to get those locations that are close in proximity, at the same time so they can’t close and lock the doors before we get there,” Haughney said as to why they hit multiple places in Rochester today.

When OCM enters, they verify if an owner has a license. If the product in the store is deemed to be illicit, it’s cataloged and seized. Haughney says planning ahead can range from days to months, and start from tips from OCM’s site, municipalities, investigators, or other law enforcement.

OCM then coordinates with local police, and several state agencies, and diverts staff from across the state, who all work together on-site.

“Every investigator has a specific role, so when they go in, they know what their role is, and it really makes it run very smoothly when we’re inside,” Haughney said,

At the aforementioned three sites, OCM found bags and jars of flower, joints, edibles, and even a bag of illegal mushrooms.

At Lyell Ave, hundreds of thousands of cannabis-marked packaging… Targeting kids, Haughney says, was found.

“The ones that are trademark infringement, the package that says Skittles or Lucky Charms, those are the ones we want to get off the street,” he said, saying on-site that some of these products can have hundreds of milligrams of THC.

After an inspection, a notice of violation and cease order is posted against the owner, but they are not arrested and charged… But if other illegal drugs are found — like that bag of mushrooms — the owner could be charged for those.

Haughney says an inspection is purely an administrative process. If they don’t comply, there are further fines, sanctions and tax penalties. Afterward, OCM tasks the landlord to evict the business owner. If that doesn’t happen the state takes over.

Haughney praised his team today.

“All the investigators walked out safe, and there were no issues related to the inspection, and everything was done safely, so that’s a good day,” he said. Read More MarijuanaRochesterFirst  

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