CLIFTON PARK – The Town Board opted out of marijuana dispensaries and lounges this week after Supervisor Philip Barrett suggested the expense of state-approved businesses could eventually reduce them to showrooms for street dealers.
Clifton Park joined more than 400 towns and villages across New York that have opted to block local marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges as the statewide deadline of Dec. 31 nears, with many officials deciding to stay out of the upcoming market until regulators provide more clarity.
The unanimous Town Board vote, taken Monday, was seven days after a public hearing during which arguments on both sides of the topic were aired.
In light of the state’s ongoing development of regulations for the industry, Town Board member Anthony Morelli said he didn’t want Clifton Park to be part of New York’s “learning curve and bumps in the road” as it establishes ground rules.
“There might be a time in the future where after the detailed regulations are implemented, and this has been implemented elsewhere, then we’d reconsider, possibly,” Morelli said. “But at this point, I just think there’s too many ambiguities in the framework for me to vote to allow Clifton