Owner of legal marijuana shop: Illegal shops close during the day and open at night to avoid inspections

The New York City sheriff's office says they're aware illicit shops will close to evade inspections.

Katelynn Ulrich

May 21, 2024, 11:00 AM

Updated 23 days ago

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Last week the mayor's office announced 75 illicit pot shops were padlocked as part of "Operation Padlock to Protect."
Shortly after inspections started, Peter Beznos, owner of Hii Dispensary in Williamsburg, noticed that the illicit shops surrounding him on Bedford Avenue were closing during the day and opening at night.
He believes this is how they’re avoiding inspection, but he’s still happy there’s interruption in their business.
"To see them closed, even for half a day, is a big plus. It's a movement in the right direction. Makes me feel good, makes me feel something is being done,” said Beznos.
The New York City sheriff's office says they're aware illicit shops will close to evade inspections. A spokesperson says the office will continue daily inspections.


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