The Yorktown City Board voted unanimously final week to choose out of state rules that allow marijuana dispensaries.
“It might be irresponsible for us to permit for a enterprise once we don’t know what the principles of engagement are,” stated Supervisor Matt Slater. “We nonetheless have questions on enforcement. We nonetheless have questions on breathalyzers.”
The New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act turned legislation in March and made marijuana consumption authorized. The act additionally allowed municipalities to resolve whether or not they may allow dispensaries of their jurisdictions.
“I can’t in good aware vote sure for this,” stated Councilman Tom Diana, a retired police officer, who cited the risks of driving below the affect of marijuana, which stays unlawful.
The brand new marijuana legislation permits adults 21 and over to devour marijuana merchandise legally. Yorktown can’t choose out of the provisions that make grownup use of marijuana authorized.
“Have a look at the issues we’ve got with the unlawful medicine,” stated Councilman Ed Lachterman. “What does this say to our kids?”
A number of City Board members cited issues that marijuana is a gateway to substance abuse.
“Our kids are the largest accomplishment of our life’s work,” stated Councilman Vishnu Patel. “You don’t need any baby to die or get into the behavior.”
Hashish shops have already opened in Westchester County, together with in White Plains. City Board members stated Yorktown’s future leaders may rethink dispensaries as soon as there may be extra readability on rules and enforcement.
“I might be going towards every thing that I instructed my two youngsters,” stated Councilwoman Alice Roker. “My feeling is as soon as we’ve got an actual legislation with actual rules, the following City Board can think about what it needs to do.”
Different municipalities which have already opted out embrace Eastchester, Somers and North Castle. In Mount Kisco, village officers are additionally more likely to choose out of the legislation. To permit retail marijuana gross sales, a municipality can select to take no motion between now and the top of the yr.