Public Hearing on Cannabis Legislation on 11/23

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was signed into New York State law on March 31, 2021. The possession and use of recreational marijuana is now legal for adults older than 21. The MRTA established the Office of Cannabis Management to develop and oversee the regulatory framework that will govern the production, sale and distribution of cannabis in New York. Many of the rules and regulations governing cannabis in the state have not yet been fully established, though the regulatory framework is similar to the way alcohol is regulated through the New York State Liquor Authority. According to the New York Council of Mayors (NYCOM), the actual sale of adult-use cannabis is not expected to begin until late 2022 or 2023. There are multiple licenses and regulations over which the Village, as a municipality, will not have any control, but there are at least three areas of the law that local communities have some say.

The Village will need to decide whether to opt out of allowing retail sales (think of a liquor store for marijuana), on-site consumption (think of a bar, but for marijuana), or both. If the Village wants to opt out, the Board must enact a local law by December 31, 2021, otherwise, the Village automatically opts in. If the Village opts in, the Board will have the ability to enact rules regulating time, place and manner of operation of businesses, but the Village will not be able to bar them entirely. If the Village opts in, the Village will receive a percentage of the sales tax from establishments selling cannabis in within our borders. Once the Village opts in, they will not have another opportunity to opt out. If they opt out, they will be able to opt in at a later time.

We have collected informational resources on a Cannabis Legislation Information Page to assist with understanding the legislation and the decisions that need to be made. 

The Board of Trustees held an educational forum in July, a community forum in October, and a Board discussion on November 9th. On Tuesday, November 23rd, the Board of Trustees will host a public hearing to consider whether to enact a local law to opt out of allowing licensed retail dispensaries or establishments for on-site consumption. If you would like to participate in the public hearing, you may do so in-person or via Zoom online or by phone. You may find instructions for remote participation at the bottom of the meeting agenda.

The following is the Zoom invitation if you choose to participate remotely:

Topic: Board of Trustees Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:   https://zoom.us/j/205957953?pwd=aU5YNHJVYkxub21WN0RzQUZoVzROUT09

Telephone: 1 929 205 6099

Webinar ID: 205 957 953

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