Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2023, 12:00 PM

New York Faces Influx of Counterfeit Cannabis Products: The Dose

Cailley LaPara
Cailley LaPara
Bloomberg News

This week, guest writer Cailley LaPara takes a look at how New York’s slow-moving legalization process has opened the state to a flood of imitation cannabis products. This is both a public-health challenge and a threat to the newly formed recreational market.

A wave of imitators

Kyle Kazan, from his company’s headquarters in Southern California, often gets texts from acquaintances in Brooklyn asking him to authenticate a package of weed that really shouldn’t be anywhere near New York City.

Kazan is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Glass House Brands, a Long Beach, California-based cannabis company. Through ...