Kinderhook officials say no to cannabis lounges | Columbia County


KINDERHOOK – Kinderhook officials decided on Monday not to allow lounges for local marijuana use.

The city council passed a local law on Monday evening banning the consumption of websites within the city limits.

Mayor Patsy Leader has attended numerous meetings and webinars on the subject, she said. Leader exchanged information with the mayors of Valatie and the village of Kinderhook.

“The state has not yet done everything that is normal,” said Leader. “But what they are saying is that this will not happen once, or at least until 2024, if not later, because they have not committed to the insurance price, the license price.”

The cost of licenses could be $ 1 million or more, Leader said, and the state is considering liability insurance of possibly $ 2 million.

“The thing about on-site consumption is you have to have a whole scientific study on it,” Leader said. “You can log in again at any time.”

New York State passed a cannabis law in March 2021. It enables cities and villages to enact local law preventing retail cannabis pharmacies or local users from being allowed in their jurisdiction.

“Local governments have had the option to pass local law by the end of 2021 to reject certain provisions of the state cannabis law,” Kinderhook Town prosecutor Andy Howard said ahead of the vote on Monday night. “The proposed local law that you have in front of you and that was posted on the city’s website would prevent the city of Kinderhook from consuming on-site within the boundaries of the community.”

State legislation is written in such a way that any municipality that does not deregister by the end of the year automatically allows licenses for both pharmacies and on-site consumption points. After the end of the year, the municipalities no longer have the option of deregistering. Municipalities that decide to deregister can register again at any time.

Local law, passed by the city council on Monday, only prevents the city from allowing marijuana use locations. It doesn’t stop the city from allowing pharmacies. The four city council members present voted for the law on Monday evening, a fifth was absent and the law was passed.

Other communities in the county recently discussed their options when it comes to the potential future of marijuana in their jurisdictions. Last month the city of Hillsdale decided not to sign out. The city of Copake has spoken out in favor of approving pharmacies and will hold a public hearing later this week to discuss consumption on site.

A 4% local excise tax is levied on the sale of cannabis products from a pharmacy to a consumer, according to the state Office of Cannabis Management. The tax is distributed to local governments based on the location of the pharmacy. 25% of cannabis sales go to the district and 75% to the cities, municipalities or villages within the district.

The Office of Cannabis Management allows cities, towns, and villages to opt out of allowing retail pharmacies and licenses for on-site use within their jurisdiction, but they cannot opt ​​out of legalizing adult use. The possession and use of cannabis by adults 21 and older is legal in the state.

Kinderhook City Council also held a public hearing on Monday to allow anyone to ask questions or comment on local laws. The only question is where a person can find a copy of the local law, Leader told the person it was available on the city’s website under Documents.

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