Riverhead town officials vote in favor of recreational marijuana retail sales
Town of Riverhead officials voted in favor Wednesday of allowing retail sales of recreational marijuana.
By a vote of 3-2, the board decided to allow the sale of recreational marijuana.
In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo left it up to each municipality to opt in or out of retail sales. Several other municipalities across Long Island, including Freeport and Hempstead, have indicated they would seek to opt out.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar says she is concerned about sales especially edibles that seem to be advertised to children. Aguiar says she would rather take a wait-and-see approach.
"We need to halt, take a break," says Aguiar. "It doesn't mean it doesn't have to happen. Let's put this in place as far as money is concerned, I think it's a carrot that's being dangled in front of us."
Town officials held a meeting last month on the matter and posted a survey to ask residents for their opinions.
Some residents are in favor, saying the sales would benefit the town while others disagree.