RCBJ-Audible (Listen For Free) Village Trustee Joe Rand Says Prohibition Didn’t Work For Alcohol; It Won’t Work For Cannabis

By Tina Traster

Nyack’s reputation as a liberal, progressive village. A legacy of sensitivity toward racial justice. A village that is friendly and welcoming to new business concepts. A business opportunity.

These are just some of the arguments that seem to have persuaded Village officials to lean toward “opting in” on the new cannabis laws. The Village board will vote on the issue Dec. 9.

“I am leaning very strongly toward opting in for dispensaries,” said Mayor Don Hammond during last Thursday’s public hearing on ZOOM. “I’m still on the fence about ‘on premise,’ and want to make sure we have the right zoning laws in place.”

Cities, towns, and villages that want to opt-out of allowing adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses must pass a local law by December 31. Municipalities can decide separately on dispensaries and consumption lounges. However, municipalities do not have the power to overturn other provisions of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, such as legalizing the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis.

The board had previously readied

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