The Town of Ulster held a public hearing on October 21 on whether to allow retail dispensary and on-site cannabis consumption lounges within municipal boundaries following the statewide adoption earlier of the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act. Only four people spoke, all in favor of not opting out.
“Recent New York state law changes allow the town to regulate and permit distribution for retail outlets and also regulate and permit public consumption in a lounge setting,” said Town Supervisor James E. Quigley III during the October 21 public hearing. “It is the Town Board’s consensus that this is such an important decision, we need public input. We have not made up our mind where we want to go. We would like to hear from the citizens in the community as to how they feel about it.”
The issue was first discussed by councilmen during a Town Board meeting held on Thursday, September 2. Town Attorney Jason Kovacs explained that while the New York State Cannabis Board will issue a range of licenses for cultivators, processors and distributors of legal marijuana, municipalities like Ulster have greater local control over retail dispensaries and on-site consumption businesses. Local governments have until December 31