HOPKINTON – The City of Hopkinton has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on Monday to provide comments on a proposed local law that would prohibit the retail and use of cannabis.
The city council has enacted local law to prevent licensing of local cannabis retail pharmacies and cannabis consumption locations in the city of Hopkinton that would otherwise be permitted under New York state cannabis law.
“Said local law generally states that the intent of this local law is to deny approval of retail cannabis pharmacies and local cannabis consumption sites in the city of Hopkinton that would otherwise be permitted under Article 4 of the NYS Cannabis Law. “Says the imprint of the city.
“Hopkinton City Council hereby waives the right to establish local cannabis retail pharmacies and cannabis consumption locations and operate them within the city’s jurisdiction,” it reads.
Cannabis Act 131 “expressly empowers the city council to pass a local legislative proposal to the Cannabis Control Board to prohibit the establishment of licenses for retail cannabis pharmacies and / or licenses for local use within the city’s jurisdiction and is subject to a permissive referendum whose procedure is based on Section 24 of the Municipal House Rules Act ”, it says in the imprint.
Under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March, towns and villages have the option to refuse approval from retail pharmacies, although they may have to forego the tax revenue generated by the shops.
Under the MRTA, marijuana sales are taxed at a rate of 13%, with 9% going to New York State, 3% to the local government, and 1% to the county.
To ban a pharmacy, local government lawmakers must pass local law before December 31st that enacts the ban.
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