New York communities that did not choose to opt out of the state’s marijuana legalization law now have to deal with the zoning and regulation implications of their decisions.
The state has an Office of Cannabis Management that will regulate and tax marijuana sales, but that office has been slow in getting fully staffed and offering guidance to communities. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the city will have to consider both the production and retail side of the industry.
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Cannabis Control Board President Tremaine Wright has begun holding a series of “Cannabis Conversations” across the state to bring communities up to speed on implementation of retail sales and on-premise consumption.
“We’re really looking forward to hosting these Cannabis Conversations. While we intend to inform New Yorkers on the MRTA, we also anticipate hearing and answering their questions and concerns,” Chair Wright said. “This is just the beginning. As we continue to build an equitable New York cannabis industry, we will stay in contact with communities to make sure everyone has the necessary information to stay safe and healthy, and to seize the opportunity for long-term success and access to this industry.”
Almost half of New York communities opted out of retail sales and/or on-premise consumption. Communities that opted out can later change their minds, but those that did not can not opt out later.