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Riverhead’s first marijuana shop has OK from state, but site is banned by town code

by Sep 7, 2023
The Ostrander Avenue location approved by the State Cannabis Control Board does not meet town code requirements because it is within a 1,000-foot setback from residential uses.

Committee to revisit Riverhead’s recreational marijuana zoning law Wednesday

by Sep 5, 2023
The committee originally tasked with creating Riverhead’s local law regulating the location of recreational marijuana dispensaries and lounges will reconvene Wednesday evening, after members of the business community said the zoning laws were too restrictive. 

Reefer madness in Riverhead Town Hall: confusion, misinformation and bad behavior

by Jun 12, 2023
A cringeworthy reefer madness tale: Riverhead's move to 'opt-out' of having retail marijuana establishments in the town failed when put to a vote in 2021. But you'd never know it by the code the town adopted. When local business owners tried to discuss it with the board, the result was cringeworthy. Editorial.

Most parcels on town’s list of sites eligible for cannabis uses under town code are already fully developed, analysis shows

by Apr 19, 2023
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.

Is Riverhead’s marijuana zoning too restrictive? Town’s Business Advisory Committee thinks so.

by Apr 12, 2023
According to a town document distributed to officials yesterday, there are only 36 properties in the entire town where recreational marijuana businesses can locate, mostly because of restrictive zoning requirements passed by the Town Board last year.

Retail marijuana zoning rules adopted in Riverhead, over town supervisor’s opposition

by Nov 3, 2022
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

by Oct 21, 2022
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.

Riverhead to set public hearing on draft code to regulate marijuana businesses in town

by Sep 6, 2022
A public hearing on a proposed code to regulate retail marijuana shops and lounges in Riverhead is slated for Oct. 18, according to Councilman Ken Rothwell, who has led an ad-hoc committee to steer development of the code.

Applications for first recreational marijuana dispensary licenses now being accepted; Long Island set to receive 20 licenses

by Aug 26, 2022
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.

Town Board bans marijuana use at town parks and buildings, extends smoking bans to town-approved events

by Jun 9, 2022
The town board on June 7 banned smoking and vaping marijuana at and near town parks, beaches playgrounds and other facilities, where tobacco use is already prohibited. It also extended a ban on smoking to all town-approved events.