Legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 31 allows adults to use and purchase marijuana legally in New York, which joins 15 other states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing cannabis. But where will people on the North Shore buy it?
The Town of Oyster Bay passed a new zoning law one day before the signing that will make it difficult to open a dispensary. The measure, which was approved unanimously by the Town Board, will restrict the sale of marijuana to areas zoned for light industry, and the businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from a school, playground, park or house of worship. The same limitations apply to vaping shops and hookah lounges, although the new law will not affect existing businesses.
The board held a special hearing on March 30 in response to “an outcry by the public,” Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino said. “This is an issue that can impact the quality of life of our residents, and we want to protect especially school-age children and families,” he said. “Our legislation is similar in nature to other municipalities, and will hold up against a constitutional