Residents oppose Riverhead pot dispensary

Some residents are opposed to having a medical marijuana dispensary open on East Main Street in Riverhead.

Some residents are opposed to having a medical marijuana dispensary open on East Main Street in Riverhead. (10/22/15)

RIVERHEAD - Some residents in Riverhead are opposed to the location of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary, saying it's too close to home.

Suffolk's first dispensary is tentatively set to open inside an oncology office on East Main Street. Columbia Care, the group opening the dispensary, initially wanted to locate it at a former Blockbuster video store on Route 58.  That plan was shot down because it was too close to Riverhead High School.

Residents like Bessie Sanders still think the new location is a problem. She lives in the community of Millbrook Gables and says her area is finally getting cleaned up. She feels a dispensary will bring drug trafficking back to the area.

The Riverhead Town Board decided not to pursue a moratorium, which would have delayed the dispensary from opening. Residents say they wish they would have been able to voice their opinion about the new location.

More on this topic

Long Island medical marijuana

NYS Health Department

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say Jay Marcello inappropriately touched teenagers while 1 Wantagh man charged with sexually abusing kids at day camp
It was the first time Marie Tolley spoke 2 Foundation offers to pay fallen firefighter's mortgage
The Long Island Rail Road is considering filing 3 LIRR mulls suing Amtrak over Penn Station derailments
Khalid Chohan was arrested two years ago after 4 Man who touched underage co-workers gets probation
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is behind a 5 Gov. Cuomo pushes for booze sales in movie theaters

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Bloomfield Industries will open a dispensary in Nassau 2 LI spots to legally dispense medical marijuana

Nassau County will act as a dispensary for Bloomfield Industries, which manufactures in Queens. Suffolk

New York's Compassionate Care Act was passed last Advocates: Grant faster access to medical marijuana

Supporters of medical marijuana gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office Tuesday to urge him

Cash Crop on News 12 Long Island. Cash Crop - Marijuana on Long Island

The underground marijuana trade is booming on Long Island…but at what cost? News 12 and

Cash Crop on News 12 Long Island. Cash Crop: Numbers and Links

Links for More Information: The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence National Advisory

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.