December 2, 2021
By Rick Pezzullo—
The Tarrytown Board of Trustees has informally decided to join neighboring Sleepy Hollow in welcoming cannabis dispensaries–but maybe not consumption lounges.
During a Dec. 1 work session, the six current board members in attendance, as well as two incoming trustees who were present, expressed support for opting into at least half of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which was enacted in New York State on March 31.
That law legalized recreational marijuana and also opened the door for retail cannabis dispensaries and consumption sites to set up shop in all communities.
Each municipality has until December 31 to adopt a local law that prohibits such businesses, which is referred to as opting out of the regulations. If no action is taken, municipalities are automatically opted in, but they can pass legislation that governs the hours and locations of the businesses.
If a municipality opts in, it can’t reverse course. However, if a municipality opts out, officials can later change their mind, according to the current guidelines, which will be overseen by the Office of Cannabis Management.
Mayor-elect Karen Brown, who will be officially sworn-in on Dec. 6, told her fellow trustees once Sleepy