Legal weed is not a top priority for hundreds of New York municipalities.
Nearly half New York towns do not want cannabis dispensaries and most are banning consuming restrooms, leaving a multi-billion dollar recreational weed market expected to open later this year, according to a survey.
Of the 1,521 municipalities in Empire State, 47 percent said they did not want pot dispensaries. More than half – or 54 percent – do not want to use sites, according to Rockefeller Institute of Government.
The state’s largest and most populous cities, including New York, Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, have chosen the legal weed market.
Places and large suburbs, including Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and hundreds of municipalities in upstate and western New York, have skeptics mobilized opposition to dispensaries and utility restrooms.
Last summer, the then government. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to legalize recreational use and sale of marijuana.
New York became the 15th state to allow recreational use of marijuana. The legislation earmarked 40% of the revenue generated by weed sales to predominantly minority communities.
Under the law, New York imposes a 13% excise tax on marijuana sales, 9% goes to the state and 4% goes to local governments. Towns and municipalities that opt out lose 4% of the excise tax.
Under the new law, towns had until December 31 to opt out. Those who do not respond in any way are automatically registered, thus taking steps to crack down on recreational marijuana is legally restricted.
As the deadline approached, town councils invited residents to voice their opinion. In Hempstead, Long Island, parents were concerned that allowing recreational marijuana in their town would expose their children to potential harm.
“We don’t want to be New York City’s sixth borough,” said Hempstead resident Liz Boylan Gothamist.
“We don’t want to see our kids put in a hole they can’t get out of.”
But proponents say allowing recreational marijuana in their towns can generate investments and attract tourists.
According to the study, cities and towns that have allowed for the legal weed industry have also seen a rise in real estate value Real estate witch. In the towns where pot dispensaries operate, home values are over $ 22,000.
Hempstead and hundreds of other councils voted to opt out, but the decision is not permanent. Towns may elect to elect their own council by a referendum or by another vote.
Several towns voted to allow pharmacies to operate within their city limits, but refused to allow use sites, including Poughkeepsie, Ossining, Kingston and Orchard Park.
Residents of the town who voted no, will not be able to buy marijuana near their homes, but they can legally consume marijuana purchased in another jurisdiction.
New York officials estimate that marijuana sales can generate $ 350 million a year in tax revenue for government coffers and create jobs for residents in disadvantaged communities.
In 2014, Cuomo signed legislation that would allow the use of medicinal marijuana.