This survey will close on August 15th, 2021
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis for NYS. In 2018 the New York State Department of Health recommended that marijuana be legalized for recreational use in New York State.
The full report can be accessed here: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/08-8_2FJwHU1-ic69zgH_14KQ#marijuana_legalization_impact_assessment
The legislation created a two-tier licensing structure that will allow for dispensaries and/or on-site consumption licenses.
New York’s new law legalizing marijuana gives Orchard Park the option to opt-in or out of allowing marijuana-related businesses in our town. We have to make a decision by the end of 2021.
We need your input to come to some kind of conclusion, whether we want to have cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses. As you may know, if we decide to prohibit retail dispensaries, we will not get a cut of the county sales tax.
We would like to reminded residents that while the town can limit marijuana-related businesses, it cannot prohibit the possession or use of marijuana. Generally, marijuana may be consumed anywhere and may be smoked anywhere that smoking of tobacco is not prohibited.
We would like to get your opinion on having a dispensary and/or on-site consumption lounges in Orchard Park. Please let us know what is important to you by answering the following questions: