ALBANIA. NY (NEWS10) – Towns, towns and cities can now deny marijuana licensing dispensaries within their local communities by submitting requests through a web portal designed by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Communities seeking to opt out of hosting retail marijuana dispensaries, or on-site marijuana consumption licensees, can submit requests to the state’s Cannabis Control Board.
The Marijuana Tax and Regulation Act enacted in March allows municipalities this option until December 31. The portal helps communities to make requests, to pass a local law recognizing the decisions of these localities to withdraw.
“This web portal will allow communities to file their requests for exemptions from local law and ensure that the Cannabis Control Board has this key information,” said Cannabis Control Board Chairman Tremaine Wright. “I encourage communities that request not to host dispensaries and on-site consumer licensees to file their requests quickly so that we can create an accessible, safe and fair industry in New York City.
The CMO says that although it is possible not to allow adult cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses in their jurisdictions. Localities that withdraw by December 31 can still re-register. Municipalities cannot stop legal adults from smoking marijuana in their communities.
After the deadline, the CMO said it would compile the information provided and make it public to dispensaries and consumer licensees seeking a license in a location in which they can operate.