Flower Hill follows in its neighbors’ footsteps and bans cannabis retail – News


Flower Hill Deputy Mayor Randall Rosenbaum explained the village’s reasons for not allowing cannabis retail in the neighborhood. (Screencap via YouTube)

Flower Hill can be added to the list of North Shore Villages not allowing retail sale of cannabis.

The move comes after Floral Park, New Hyde Park, and Williston Park all took the same steps – they refused to approve retail cannabis pharmacies and consumption centers, citing a number of reasons ranging from quality of life concerns to low potential income was enough.

“The feedback was overwhelming that our residents did not support retail marijuana sales or local use in our village,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Deputy Mayor of Flower Hill.

The village’s trustees said they held three public hearings and received input from residents before making the decision on Aug. 2.

“Allowing retail marijuana sales or on-site consumption facilities in our little strip of merchandise does not benefit this community as it would mean additional traffic on an already busy Northern Boulevard,” said Rosenbaum. “Any additional tax revenue that we would see would not make up for this.”

Under a new state law, cannabis use and smoking is now legal throughout the state, wherever tobacco smoking is legal, although Nassau County lawmakers recently banned cannabis smoking and vaporizing across the county’s property . Municipalities can opt out of retail cannabis sales, but will not receive any share of the local tax revenue generated.

“Many other nearby villages, including Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Floral Park, and others, have already opted out, and many other villages are currently having de-registrations on their agenda,” said Rosenbaum, calling the trustees’ decision a wise decision. “If everyone else unsubscribes, whoever doesn’t get all the traffic.”

Rosenbaum said he has not yet met a villager who allows retail sales or local consumption.

But there can be reasons for it. Nikki Kateman, policy and communications director for Local 338, the retail, wholesale and department store union that represents workers in the cannabis industry, said just because a community opts out doesn’t mean residents won’t buy marijuana elsewhere.

“People will buy cannabis products, but they will do so in other jurisdictions which will then collect that tax revenue,” said Kateman. “In many ways, opt-out means foregoing income.”

And given what Kateman said was the beginning of a trend where communities are choosing not to allow retail cannabis to be sold, she drew attention to another argument.

“We’re also not talking about the added economic impact of people with good union jobs and what those wages enable them to do,” Kateman said. ‚ÄúThis includes shopping on site, living on site, going to restaurants on site. There’s more to it than just: oh, that’s a [4] % Tax income.”

However, the opt-out cannot be permanent. Residents can submit a petition against the result of the most recent vote, which, if successful, triggers a process that puts the law on the ballot in the next state or local election.