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Town of Catskill opts out of cannabis lounges

Dec 30, 2021 5:55 am

The Town of Catskill Board voted 3-1 to opt-out of cannabis lounges on Dec. 29. Here is how the vote went, from WGXC's live webstream of the Catskill Town meeting. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EXCERPT OF MEETING. The vote came after an hour of a public hearing, with almost all citizens in support of cannabis in Catskill. The board previously decided to allow retail sales in the Town of Catskill. Towns and villages in New York have only until Dec. 31 to opt out of retail sales and/or cannabis lounges, after the state made cannabis legal last April. So far in Greene County, Ashland, Cairo, the Town and Village of Hunter, Jewett, Prattsville, and Windham have opted out of both retail sales and cannabis lounges, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government website tracking the issue. Everywhere else, cannabis sales will be allowed, unless the town votes before the new year. In Columbia County, the Village of Chatham, Clermont, the Village of Kinderhook, and Livingston have opted out of both. Ancram, Copake, the Town of Kinderhook, and the Village of Valatie will allow retail sales, but not lounges. Everywhere else in Columbia County will allow both, unless a town takes action before the new year.