The East Hampton Town Board held its first substantive discussion of adult-use cannabis since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation legalizing its recreational use in March.
Towns, cities, and villages are now permitted to pass local laws and regulations governing the time, place, and manner of adult-use retail dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses. They can opt out of allowing either, but if they do so, voters within the municipality can challenge their decision by petitioning for a referendum.
A local law to opt out of retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption must be adopted no later than Dec. 31. If not done by that date, a municipality cannot opt out in the future, but if it does opt out, it can later opt back in.
In addition to state taxes, there will be a local excise tax of 4 percent on the sale of cannabis products from a retail dispensary. Twenty-five percent of that tax will go to the county, the remainder to the town or village in which the dispensary is located.
The state legislation creates an Office of Cannabis Management, which is governed by a Cannabis Control Board to oversee and implement the law. The former will issue licenses and