The portal is designed to allow localities an easier way to get requests to the state Cannabis Control Board.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New York State Office of Cannabis Management announced Wednesday that a web-based portal was created to make the request process more simple surrounding retail cannabis dispensaries.

The portal is designed to allow localities seeking to opt-out of hosting cannabis retail dispensary and/or on-site cannabis consumption licensees within their jurisdictions to have access more easily and quickly when sending their requests to the state Cannabis Control Board.

“This web portal will enable localities to file their local law opt-out requests and ensure that the Cannabis Control Board has this key information as we consider license applications and the siting of cannabis businesses,” said Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright. “I am thankful to the Office of Cannabis Management for working with our local government partners to create this tool; and I encourage localities requesting to opt-out of hosting dispensary and on-site consumption licensees to file their requests promptly so we can build an accessible, safe, and equitable industry in New York.”

The Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act enacted in March gives

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