Updated: April 05, 2021 08:08 PM
Created: April 05, 2021 07:08 PM
AMSTERDAM - The town of Amsterdam was one of the first to quickly say "no, thank you" to marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption places, moving toward "opting out" and passing a 30-day moratorium the same day the governor signed the law legalizing adult-use marijuana in New York state.
"My first instinct was it doesn't fit the character of the town," said Amsterdam Town Supervisor Tom DiMezza.
However, Monday afternoon, DiMezza got some interesting information during a meeting with the New York State Association of Towns.
"Where all the towns in the state were on board and the number of questions that came in and discussions that we had was that anybody that opts out would not be able to get any of the sales tax money," said DiMezza.
DiMezza says town leaders think that instead of opting out, the best approach may be to limit those marijuana businesses to B1 and B2 zoned business areas, keeping the growing of it to agricultural zones, and still be able to benefit from the tax revenue.
Parts of busy Route 30 are zoned business.
"I think it would satisfy everybody," he said. "It's not in a residential area, neither is growing in a residential area, it's going to be in a strictly agricultural area, so I think the residents can be satisfied with that."
As for opting out, DiMezza believes that local law will now be tabled.
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