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Nearly half of New York towns don’t want pot dispensaries: report

Legal weed isn’t a high priority for hundreds of New York municipalities.

Nearly half of New York towns don’t want marijuana dispensaries and most are banning consumption lounges, opting out of a multibillion-dollar recreational weed market that is expected to launch later this year, according to a survey.

Of the 1,521 municipalities in the Empire State, 47 percent have said they do not want pot dispensaries. More than half — or 54 percent — don’t want consumption sites, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The state’s largest and most populous cities, including New York, Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, have all opted into the legal weed market.

Localities where skeptics mobilized opposition to dispensaries and consumption lounges are by and large suburban areas, including most of Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties as well as hundreds of municipalities in upstate and western New York.

Last summer, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that legalizes the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25:  A budtender pours marijuana from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to ban storefront medical marijuana dispensaries and to order them to close or face legal action. The council also voted to instruct staff to draw up a separate ordinance for consideration in about three months that might allow dispensaries that existed before a 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries to continue to operate. It is estimated that Los Angeles has about one thousand such facilities. The ban does not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. The state Supreme Court is expected to consider ruling on whether cities can regulate and ban dispensaries.    (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)State officials estimate that the legal weed market will generate more than $350 million in tax revenues for local governments.Getty Images

New York became the 15th state to allow for recreational use of cannabis. The legislation earmarks 40% of revenue generated by the sale of weed to predominantly minority communities.

Under the law, New York will charge a 13% excise tax on marijuana sales, with 9% going to the state and 4% to local governments. The towns and municipalities that opt out will forfeit their 4% share of the excise tax.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Ariel Zilber on New York Post

Published: January 10, 2022

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