New York hasn’t licensed any pot shops, yet they abound


              Empire Cannabis Club shirts sit on display at the shop, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in New York. Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              A sign explaining CBD welcomes customers to the Empire Cannabis Club, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in New York. Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              Cannabis-infused gummies, only available to monthly members, sit on display for sale at the Empire Cannabis Club, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in New York. Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              A map of cannabis legalization in the U.S. glows behind flower displays at the Empire Cannabis Club, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in New York.  Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              FILE — Marijuana plants for the adult recreational market are loaded on a tractor for planting at Hepworth Farms in Milton, N.Y., July 15, 2022. New York state's first licenses to sell recreational marijuana could be awarded as soon as next week. The state Cannabis Control Board is set to consider approving applications Monday, Nov. 21. It's a major step toward launching one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
            
              Jessica Naissant poses in front of the location where she hopes to open a cannabis dispensary, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
            
              People walk past the Empire Cannabis Club, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in New York. Under pressure to launch one of the nation’s most hotly anticipated legal marijuana markets, the state Cannabis Control Board is set Monday to consider awarding some dispensary licenses to entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups — a major step that comes as cannabis regulators stress that they're trying to stop unlicensed sellers. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)