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Plan for pot sales in Albany County hilltowns unclear

Dec 06, 2021 6:00 am

Noah Zweifel is reporting for The Altamont Enterprise that in the hilltowns of Albany County, only Rensselaerville and Westerlo have so far proposed local laws to opt-out of allowing cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities to operate, while Knox and Berne have yet to publicize drafts. Municipalities statewide have until Dec. 31 to opt-out of the provision contained in New York’s cannabis legalization law. Knox Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis said the issue will be on the town board’s December agenda, and that his “personal feelings” are that he’s “not against” allowing cannabis facilities to operate in the town. Berne Supervisor Sean Lyons said the Berne Town Board will discuss the topic at its December meeting. His recommendation would be to take no action right now. “If we do nothing, we opt-in for the time being,” Lyons said. “After the N[ew] Y[ork] cannabis board meets more and develops more of the N[ew] Y[ork] structure. They will give more time to opt-out in 2022," he said. An Office of Cannabis Management Spokesperson Freeman Klopott said, "Towns that opt-out can always opt back in after the deadline.”  Should officials in either Berne or Knox choose to opt-out, they will need to propose a law stating as much and hold a public hearing before they can move to adopt the law. Westerlo, which is proposing to block both dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities, is expected to hold its first public hearing on its opt-out law on Dec. 7. Rensselaerville, which also proposed to block both types of facility, held a public hearing on Nov. 10, where no residents weighed in. Read the full story in The Altamont Enterprise.