On March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that legalizes the use of cannabis/marijuana by adults in New York state. As part of this legislation, municipalities such as the Town of Babylon have the ability to opt-out of allowing retail sales and on-site consumption licenses of marijuana within their community by passing a local law by December 31, 2021. Under the state law, a municipality cannot opt-out of the legalization of adult-use of marijuana.
As this is a topic that has gathered much interest throughout our community, Supervisor Rich Schaffer and the Babylon Town Board would like to hear what Babylon Town residents have to say about this issue.
To share your thoughts with us, please fill out this form.
The statewide legislation also:
Establishes the Office of Cannabis Management as part of the New York State Liquor Authority to enforce a comprehensive regulatory framework governing medical, adult-use cannabinoid hemp.
Expands New York's existing medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs.
Provides licensing for marijuana producers, distributor and retailers. As previously noted, cities, towns, and villages may opt-out of allowing retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses in their communities. They cannot opt-out of adult-use legalization.
Creates a social and economic equity program to assist individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis enforcement that want to participate in the industry.