On Monday, Oct. 4, the Village of Brightwaters Board of Trustees voted unanimously to opt out of licensing and establishing retail cannabis dispensaries and/or onsite cannabis consumption establishments within the village.
In March, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act that allows for the establishment of retail dispensaries and on-site consumption places of business within the State of New York. However, villages and towns in the state have the option to opt out, making retail dispensaries and on-site consumption establishments prohibited within the borders of the village or town.
Village residents do have the option to create a petition that must have 20 percent of residents signed on to ballot the issue and have it become a referendum that the village must vote on within 60 days of the petition being brought forward.
By opting out, the village could opt in at a later date. If they had chosen to opt in, they would not have been able to opt out. Almost all of the villages and towns in New York State have chosen to opt out, including Brookhaven and Islip Town.
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