Here’s where the towns of Ulster County and Northern Dutchess stand in terms of marijuana sales and on-site consumption – Daily Freeman


New York City municipalities have questioned whether to allow marijuana retailers and salons within their borders where the newly legalized drug can be used.

The state legalized the recreational use of marijuana in March and gave towns and cities across the state until Friday, December 31 to refuse to allow pottery shops and / or salons.

In Ulster County, more than half of the municipalities have decided to allow at least retail sales.

And according to data collected by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the majority of 27 municipalities in neighboring Dutchess County have chosen not to open stores and smoking rooms.

For many communities allowing retail and, in some cases, consumption on the spot, the decision turned out to be economical: city leaders see the fledgling business as both a job creation opportunity and a means boost their revenues, as cities will share a portion of the 4% local sales tax levied on cannabis sold in their communities.

For communities that have decided to allow both on-site sales and consumption, the decisions are final, but state law allows withdrawing municipalities to reconsider the matter in the future.

Under New York City’s Marijuana Legalization Act, people aged 21 and over can own up to 3 ounces of cannabis or 24 grams of cannabis concentrate in the state. In addition, they can smoke marijuana anywhere where it is permitted to smoke tobacco.

The state Cannabis Control Board will develop regulations for the retail sale of marijuana, and the state Cannabis Control Board will begin issuing retail licenses.

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Here’s a breakdown, as of the December 31 deadline, of the position of the Ulster County and Northern Dutchess communities on whether to allow marijuana shops and smoking lounges.

Ulster County

• City of Kingston: Retail sales, yes; consumption on site, yes.

• Denning: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Village of Ellenville: Retail business, yes; consumption, yes.

• Esopus: Retail trade, no; consumption, no.

• Gardiner: Retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Hardenburgh: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Hurley: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• City of Kingston: Retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Lloyd: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Marbletown: Retail trade, yes; consumption, yes.

• Marlborough: Retail trade, yes; consumption, yes.

• Town of New Paltz: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Village of New Paltz: Commerce, yes; consumption, yes.

• Olive: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Plattekill: Retail, no; consumption, no.

• Rochester: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Rosendale: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

• Town of Saugerties: Retail trade, no; consumption, no.

• Village des Saugerties: Retail business, yes; consumption, yes.

• Shandaken: Retail trade, yes; consumption, yes.

• Shawangunk: Retail business, no; consumption, no.

• Ulster: retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Wawarsing: Retail trade, no; consumption, no.

• Woodstock: Retail, yes; consumption, yes.

Duchess of the North

• Clinton: Retail, yes; consumption on the spot, no.

• Hyde Park: Retail, no; consumption, no.

• Milan: Retail trade, no; consumption, no.

• Pine Plains: Retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Town of Red Hook: Retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Village of Red Hook: Retail, yes; consumption, no.

• Town of Rhinebeck: Retail, no; consumption, no.

• Village of Rhinebeck: Commerce, no; consumption, no.

• Village of Tivoli: Retail, no; consumption, no.

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