NY TOWNS SCRAMBLE TO OPT IN OR OPT OUT OF CANNABIS DISPENSARY PERMISSIONS – Genesee Sun

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All towns in NY must decide to “opt out” of the New York State law allowing cannabis dispensaries in their city or town, by Dec. 31, if they are going to do it at all. The dispensaries are legal in New York State as of Jan. 1.

“Opting out” would give towns time to enact local laws concerning zoning, location of stores, types of buildings, or even requirements that a dispensary owner go to the planning board for approval. Not opting out would allow “wide open” establishment of cannabis dispensaries in the town as soon as January 1, 2022, in keeping with the new New York State law allowing marijuana to be sold.

“It’s not if we “opt out” it means there will be no dispensaries in our town forever,” said one town clerk. “It just means we will have time to study the situation further, enact laws controlling them, and their locations, just as we do with other businesses.  Our local laws, the way they are now, don’t even address cannabis dispensaries since they weren’t even legal before…we just haven’t been given much information from

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