Cannabis advocates urge Riverhead to further ease its rules, but board majority is unwilling, setting stage for legal battle
Business owners looking to site recreational marijuana shops in Riverhead Town may look to legally challenge the town’s zoning ordinance, after a Town Board majority refused their pleas to relax the law to meet state guidelines.
State OKs marijuana home-grow rules and begins issuing retail licenses outside of ‘justice-involved’ program
Rules allowing adult New Yorkers to grown their own marijuana for personal use were approved by the state on Friday. The state also approved the first non-conditional retail licenses. Riverhead, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Wednesday on zoning code changes aimed at easing restrictions on where retail cannabis shops and lounges can be located.
Two recreational marijuana dispensaries may soon open in the Town of Riverhead. But other licensees looking to set up shop within the town — one of only four municipalities on Long Island that allow adult-use sales — remain hindered by restrictive zoning.
Riverhead’s first proposed cannabis dispensary falls through because of town’s restrictive zoning, business owner says
“We’ve just moved on from Riverhead, because …the process there (is) — too restrictive.” The holder of a state-approved provisional cannabis dispensary license is looking elsewhere after learning of Riverhead’s 1,000-foot setback from residential uses.
The town’s Business Advisory Committee said the zoning is too prohibitive for prospective recreational cannabis business owners and could violate the state’s Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act.
Most parcels on town’s list of sites eligible for cannabis uses under town code are already fully developed, analysis shows
The town's list of 36 properties eligible for cannabis uses under the town code includeS Tanger Outlets, Walmart, three large hotels, an apartment complex, a mobile home park and other developed sites.Only six on the list are currently not in use.
The board voted 4-1 to adopt the code, with Supervisor Yvette Aguiar casting the lone dissenting vote, arguing that it will be invalidated by the state, as she misrepresented the contents of a document outlining upcoming state regulations.
Prospective marijuana business owners hail Riverhead zoning proposal for dispensaries and lounges as the friendliest on Long Island
Residents and prospective marijuana entrepreneurs applauded the Riverhead Town Board’s proposed zoning code for marijuana businesses as retail sales are poised to get underway, with one speaker calling it the most “progressive” of its kind and most friendly to the emerging industry on Long Island.
Applications for first recreational marijuana dispensary licenses now being accepted; Long Island set to receive 20 licenses
The state is now accepting applications for adult-use dispensary licenses. Twenty will be issued for locations on Long Island. Riverhead is one of four L.I. towns that chose not to opt-out of marijuana sales. A local code to regulate dispensaries and lounges is still in the works.
Van de Wetering Greenhouses on Sound Avenue in Jamesport was among 20 growers across the state to be granted conditional cultivator licenses by the State Cannabis Control Board today.
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