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While the board appears to be determined to opt out of the cannabis retail and lounges, the trustees are hoping to give the voters the final say.
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Amityville, Long Island is probably best known for the 1974 mass murder of the DeFeo family, and the subsequent explosion of books, films, and media attention for the supposed supernatural horrors that followed.
“The Board of Trustees believes it is in the best interests of the Amityville village residents not to allow on-site cannabis retail pharmacies and cannabis consumption facilities within the village … residents,” the proposal reads.
While the board is clearly positioned to ditch retail and lounges, the trustees hope to give voters the final say by ensuring the issue is presented as a referendum in the upcoming November vote. Currently, municipalities have a December 31 deadline to opt out of retail.
Even if retail and consumption sites are banned, Amityville cannabis enthusiasts won’t be completely dry. According to state law, the village cannot legally prohibit residents from growing or consuming cannabis or buying cannabis in neighboring communities.
And if a ban is issued but residents later change their minds, the municipality’s decision to opt out can later be overturned by a referendum. That could happen as soon as officials get a whiff of the sweet weed income that the village would give up.
New York State intends to impose a 13 percent tax on retail cannabis sales, of which local communities would receive 3 percent.
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