Rhinebeck turns down tax revenue, opting out of cannabis sales
William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman that the Town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County voted 4-1 Sept. 1 to not allow cannabis retail sales there. While Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia claimed she was in favor of selling cannabis there, she voted against selling cannabis there. “I’m pro-dispensaries but I don’t know what I’m buying into,” she said. “I want to see … what the laws look like.” The laws are similar to Massachusetts and other states where legalization has already happened. Kemble does not quote any board members about why they voted against taking in the tax money from retail sales. Board member Josh Pulver was the lone vote in favor of cannabis sales in Rhinebeck. “I think it is here, cannabis is legalized, and I just think it’s a lot of legislation to get out (then) to get back in,” he said. Towns have until Dec. 31 to opt-out of recreational cannabis sales under the legalization law passed five months ago in New York. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, long opposed to legalization, did not nominate anyone for the regulatory boards setting cannabis selling rules. But on Sept. 1, new Gov. Kathy Hochul nominated Christopher Alexander to head the Office of Cannabis Management and Tremaine Wright to chair the State’s Cannabis Control Board. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.