Guide: When Can Consumers Buy Pot on Long Island?

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The state Cannabis Control Board this week issued permits for the final part of the recreational marijuana supply chain: retail dispensaries.

Three dozen organizations received the first of about 150 “conditional” retail dispenser licenses the state plans to issue in the coming months. They can soon offer anyone 21 or older products from farmers who are authorized to grow cannabis and processors who can turn the plant into joints, vape cartridges and brownies.

The original licenses were reserved for New Yorkers directly affected by the criminalization of marijuana or with experience in handling hemp, which comes from the same plant species as marijuana but contains less of the compound that produces a high.

The state is preparing to open up licenses to a wider range of entrepreneurs.

While some Long Islanders have questions about how quickly they can buy cannabis, others are worried about where retail will be. Here’s what we know:

When can I buy cannabis?

Seven companies Received license Monday to sell marijuana on Long Island, which could allow them to start home deliveries in a few weeks, according to Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management, which writes regulations for the cannabis industry.

He said the licensees will have to get through the paperwork before they can start making rounds.

The dealers will not be able to sell through third-party platforms like Uber and must verify that consumers are at least 21, the Office of Cannabis Management said.

What if I want to research and select products in person?

At least one pot shop will open a location in the state by the end of 2022, Alexander said. But the state has not shared information about where the first retail stores might be located.

The state’s construction funding team, the Dormitory Authority of New York State, will assist the first licensees secure and set up dispensaries. In the first place is the state prioritization of dispensing applications from business owners who have been convicted – or are related to someone who has been convicted – of offenses under the old marijuana laws.

When can I go to shops on the island?

It is unclear. The Dormitory Authority has declined to share how many shopfronts it has placed or how much money has been raised for a social equity fund launched to support the endeavour.

The state plans to open licensing to the wider business community later, but not for several months.

Do I want more options beyond what these seven companies have?

Not for a while. The state proposed rules Monday for additional licenses for retailers, distributors and micro-enterprises; the public has 60 days to comment on the plan.

The first agricultural and processing credentials went to those who have worked with hemp. The state’s proposal envisions more New Yorkers having access to also cultivator and processor credentials.

Later, the state also intends to create permits for consumption lounges and delivery companies.

How many cities on Long Island have chosen to allow the retail sale and consumption of marijuana?

Four cities – Riverhead, Babylon, Brookhaven and Southampton – have chosen to allow the retail sale and consumption of cannabis.

Have the cities adopted any rules?

Riverhead, Babylon and Brookhaven have passed legislation that would limit where dispensaries can operate in the cities. The legislation would place these businesses in more commercial areas and away from downtown. Southampton Town have not yet approved any rules.

Will pot businesses open near schools?

All cities have or will implement regulations to keep cannabis stores away from elementary education facilities, libraries, parks, playgrounds, child care centers, youth organizations, dance studios, batting cages, gymnasiums or other places where minors congregate.

What rules did Brookhaven adopt?

Brookhaven led the charge on implementing regulations when officials approved a zoning change in August 2021 that banned pot sales within 500 feet of residences or 1,000 feet of schools, houses of worship, hospitals, libraries, parks, playgrounds, gyms, dance studios or elsewhere. assembly points.

Where does Babylon stand with rules?

In Babylon, similar rules were adopted on October 12. The legislation would only allow dispensaries, dispensaries and micro-enterprises in areas zoned industrial and would prohibit them from operating within a 1,000-foot radius of a residential area.

When did Riverhead pass legislation?

On Nov. 1, the Riverhead Town Board voted to adopt regulations on the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana. Riverhead’s rules state that the latest that retail businesses can sell cannabis products is at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 23.00 for sale at the site’s consumption points on Friday and Saturday.

The city will allow cannabis retailers and on-site consumption locations to operate only in certain parts of the city, including Riverhead’s Business Center, malls, destination retail centers, rural corridors, village center, downtown center, Peconic River Community and other business districts.

When will Southampton adopt the rules?

Southampton Town is in talks about potential legislation, but officials said they were waiting for further guidance from the state.

The state Cannabis Control Board this week issued permits for the final part of the recreational marijuana supply chain: retail dispensaries.

Three dozen organizations received the first of about 150 “conditional” retail dispenser licenses the state plans to issue in the coming months. They can soon offer anyone 21 or older products from farmers who are authorized to grow cannabis and processors who can turn the plant into joints, vape cartridges and brownies.

The original licenses were reserved for New Yorkers directly affected by the criminalization of marijuana or with experience in handling hemp, which comes from the same plant species as marijuana but contains less of the compound that produces a high.

The state is preparing to open up licenses to a wider range of entrepreneurs.

While some Long Islanders have questions about how quickly they can buy cannabis, others are worried about where retail will be. Here’s what we know:

When can I buy cannabis?

Seven companies Received license Monday to sell marijuana on Long Island, which could allow them to start home deliveries in a few weeks, according to Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management, which writes regulations for the cannabis industry.

He said the licensees will have to get through the paperwork before they can start making rounds.

The dealers will not be able to sell through third-party platforms like Uber and will have to verify that consumers are at least 21, the Office of Cannabis Management said.

What if I want to research and select products in person?

At least one pot shop will open a location in the state by the end of 2022, Alexander said. But the state has not shared information about where the first retail stores might be located.

The state’s construction funding team, the Dormitory Authority of New York State, will assist the first licensees secure and set up dispensaries. In the first place is the state prioritization of dispensing applications from business owners who have been convicted – or are related to someone who has been convicted – of offenses under the old marijuana laws.

When can I go to shops on the island?

It is unclear. The colleges authority has declined to share how many storefronts it has placed or how much money has been raised for a social equity fund launched to support the endeavour.

The state plans to open licensing to the wider business community later, but not for several months.

Do I want more options beyond what these seven companies have?

Not for a while. The state proposed rules Monday for additional licenses for retailers, distributors and micro-enterprises; the public has 60 days to comment on the plan.

The first agricultural and processing credentials went to those who have worked with hemp. The state’s proposal envisions more New Yorkers having access to also cultivator and processor credentials.

Later, the state also intends to create permits for consumption lounges and delivery companies.

Associate Abhi Tadoari assists a customer during the 2019 opening...

Associate Abhi Tadoari assisted a customer during the 2019 opening of Curaleaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in Carle Place.
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

How many cities on Long Island have chosen to allow the retail sale and consumption of marijuana?

Four cities – Riverhead, Babylon, Brookhaven and Southampton – have chosen to allow the retail sale and consumption of cannabis.

Have the cities adopted any rules?

Riverhead, Babylon and Brookhaven have passed legislation that would limit where dispensaries can operate in the cities. The legislation would place these businesses in more commercial areas and away from downtown. Southampton Town have not yet approved any rules.

Will pot businesses open near schools?

All cities have or will implement regulations to keep cannabis businesses out of elementary education facilities, libraries, parks, playgrounds, child care centers, youth organizations, dance studios, batting cages, gymnasiums or other places where minors congregate.

What rules did Brookhaven adopt?

Brookhaven led the charge on implementing regulations when officials approved a zoning change in August 2021 that banned pot sales within 500 feet of residences or 1,000 feet of schools, houses of worship, hospitals, libraries, parks, playgrounds, gyms, dance studios or common areas gathering places.

Where does Babylon stand with rules?

In Babylon, similar rules were adopted on October 12. The legislation would only allow dispensaries, dispensaries and micro-enterprises in industrially zoned areas and would prohibit them from operating within a 1,000-foot radius of a residential area.

When did Riverhead pass legislation?

On Nov. 1, the Riverhead Town Board voted to adopt regulations on the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana. Riverhead’s regulations state that retail businesses can sell cannabis products at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 23.00 for sale at the site’s consumption points on Friday and Saturday.

The city will allow cannabis retailers and on-site consumption locations to operate only in certain parts of the city, including Riverhead’s Business Center, malls, destination retail centers, rural corridors, village center, downtown center, Peconic River Community and other business districts.

When will Southampton adopt the rules?

Southampton Town is in talks about potential legislation, but officials said they were waiting for further guidance from the state.

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