24 Illegal Weed Shops for Every 1 Legal Dispensary – New York Wakes Up to California’s Cannabis Market Problems

As illicit shops proliferated, the opening of legal dispensaries hit a snag, with months-long delays due to lawsuits, the intricate rule-making process, and the state’s failure to fulfil its commitment to fund the leasing and refurbishing of the initial 150 licensed dispensaries. Currently, only 10 stores are operational with state assistance, while another 375 dispensaries, licensed for nine months or longer, remain closed.