Town of Virgil. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith).

The town of Virgil Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to approve a local law that would see the town opt out of provisions in New York State’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) that allows for marijuana-based dispensaries and on-site consumption establishments.

Virgil’s recently enacted “Local Law No. 4” states: “it is the intent of this local law to opt out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries and on-site cannabis consumption sites in the Town of Virgil.” Town board member Matthew Denniston was the sole dissenting vote.

The MRTA bill, approved by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March, introduced a system for the state and municipalities to regulate manufacturing of cannabis products, establish ways to tax sales and production, and oversee the commercial sale of recreational marijuana through the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Through this law, cities, towns and villages can opt out of allowing the licensing of adult-use marijuana dispensaries, as well as on-site consumption establishments in the localities’ jurisdictions by Dec. 31. 

If municipalities do not adhere to the Dec. 31 opt-out deadline, they will be automatically opted-in to

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