Three destination communities in the northern Catskills have opted out of allowing marijuana dispensaries within their borders.
The town boards of Hunter, Windham and Cairo all voted against the dispensaries, with elected officials saying they did not want to sign onto anything before the state released regulations for the pot shops, and noting the towns could always opt back in at a future date. Many other municipalities in New York have done the same as the deadline looms this week.
Former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation last March legalizing recreational marijuana and creating the Office of Cannabis Management to regulate it. However, the Cannabis Control Board, which is tasked with developing the regulations, did not hold its first meeting until early October, and it is unknown when they will release regulations on the awarding of dispensary licenses or what they will be.
Windham Town Supervisor John Hoyt voted to opt out of allowing pot shops during a town board vote in early September.
“I’ll put it right out there – any community that opted in is very foolish,” he said, “because there’s no guidance out there.”
Hoyt noted that although municipalities only