East Hampton Village Blocks Weed Sales, Town Likely To Follow Suit

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East Hampton Village formally voted last week to not allow the retail sale of marijuana within its borders.

East Hampton Town officials are poised to do the same this week, protecting their right to opt out, though town officials have hinted that they might eventually allow sales after crafting code guidelines and zoning limitations on such businesses.

Late last week, both the Village Board and the Town Board had public hearings on local laws to opt out of allowing marijuana sales, but no residents spoke either in favor of or in opposition to the proposals.

Starting on January 1, it will become legal in New York State to sell marijuana in retail stores, as well as in “lounges” for on-site consumption. Local governments have the power to prevent such businesses from opening in their jurisdictions but must adopt legislation specifically blocking retail marijuana sales, or dictating limitations, by the end of the year.

East Hampton Town officials have said they expect to eventually adopt a new law that will allow retail or on-site consumption businesses to open, but officials said they did not want draft guidelines and zoning limitations under the time constraints of the state law.

Members of the Village Board have generally said they are not in favor of allowing sales in the village.

The villages of Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Quogue have already opted out of the state pot sales law. Sag Harbor Village has not had a substantive discussion of the matter.

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