New York Senator Wants To Give Cities More Time To Ban Marijuana Businesses As Regulations Develop

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A New York senator wants to give local jurisdictions another year to decide whether they will opt out of allowing marijuana businesses to operate in their area—a proposal that advocates say is unnecessary and would create undue complications for the industry. As it stands under the adult-use legalization law that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed in March, municipalities must determine whether they will opt out of permitting marijuana retailers or social consumption sites by December 31, 2021. Sen. George Borrello (R) introduced legislation on Friday that would push that deadline back one year. The senator argues that the delay is necessary because Cuomo failed to make key regulatory appointments to oversee the market in a timely manner before resigning amid a sexual harassment scandal. His replacement, newly inaugurated Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), has since nominated two of four regulatory seats she’s been tasked with filling, both of whom were confirmed by the Senate last week. One will lead the state’s Office of Cannabis Management, while the other will chair the Cannabis Control Board. Hochul’s remaining two appointments to the board will not be subject to Senate confirmation. The legislature was also tasked with making two appointments for the board. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) announced their picks this week. Borrello isn’t satisfied with the latest developments, however. He said that local officials who he’s met with have expressed “frustration at the lack of information available on what a legalized market will look like” and need more time. “Local elected officials are being asked to make important decisions with zero information,” he said in a press release. “It is unfair of the state to maintain the original deadline when implementation of the law is at least six months behind.” Even if the governor…

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