COXSACKIE - A proposed law that would regulate the sale of cannabis in the town of Coxsackie board will be aired at a public hearing scheduled for July 12, town officials said Tuesday.

Town officials plan to “have dialogue” with the public about a zoning amendment that would regulate the sale of cannabis, Town Councilman Michael R. Veeder said.

Cities, towns and villages were allowed to submit opt-out forms to prevent adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption stores, otherwise known as cannabis lounges, from licensing or opening within their jurisdictions.

Opt-out forms had to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2021. Municipalities cannot opt out of adult-use legalization. Adult-use cannabis possession and use by adults 21 years of age or older is legal in New York State. It is also in accordance with the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act.

“The sale of cannabis needs to be regulated to certain areas of our community, specifically commercial and industrial areas,” Veeder said Tuesday.

The public hearing will address the Zoning Amendment that the Town of Coxsackie has incorporated by adding new definitions.

Definitions added to the proposed zoning amendment include Cannabis Cultivation, Cannabis Distributor, Cannabis control board, Cannabis Laboratory testing facility, Cannabis License, Cannabis Licensee, Cannabis Microbusiness, Cannabis Nursery, Cannabis On-site consumption, Cannabis Processor, Cannabis Retail sale, Cannabis Retailer, Cannabis Warehouse, Cannabis Wholesale and Hemp.

Also included: A Site Plan Review, Special Use Permit in the Commercial District, Corridor Industrial District, and Industrial District is required in the Mixed Used District for uses that include: Cannabis Cultivation, Cannabis Distributor, Cannabis control board, Cannabis Laboratory testing facility, Cannabis License, Cannabis Licensee, Cannabis Microbusiness, Cannabis Nursery, Cannabis On-sit consumption, Cannabis Processor, Cannabis Retail sale, Cannabis Retailer, Cannabis Warehouse, Cannabis Wholesale, and Hemp.

The Town of Coxsackie’s cannabis sale regulation law will take effect as soon as it is filed with the New York Secretary of State.

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