Babylon town supervisor: All of LI should opt out of recreational marijuana sales
legalization of recreational marijuana has been signed into law, but some
municipalities are pushing back on the new measure.
state is giving municipalities the option to opt out of retail establishments
that would sell recreational marijuana. Babylon Town Supervisor Richard
Schaffer is taking a strong stand against it.
is here. There is nothing we can do about that. But there is something we can
do about making it less readily available,” he told News 12.
Schaffer says he is pushing hard for is to have all towns and
villages on Long Island opt out. The issue will be discussed next week
during a meeting with all of Long Island’s town supervisors.
want to approach this from a regional standpoint, so that we can create
this geographic ‘Long Island opt-out’ as opposed to doing it
willy-nilly, one by one,” he says.
cannot ban marijuana use, but they can prohibit sales. Opting out would mean a
loss of tax revenue. Schaffer says the negative impacts of having pot be
readily available far outweigh the positive.
that my prediction is that it will cost us a whole lot more to deal with the
addiction issue that will be created as a result,” says Schaffer.
mayors of Freeport, Island Park, Atlantic Beach and Rockville Centre have also
said they will prohibit marijuana sales.
News 12 reached out to all the town supervisors on Long Island. Most of them said they are still reviewing the new law and will discuss it with the town attorneys and town boards.