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No. Unlicensed cannabis sales remain illegal in New York. As the NYS Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced, “Recent media reports have described business operators selling a product or service, including club memberships, to consumers and providing cannabis as a “gift” in return. This activity is illegal. These violators must stop their activity immediately or face the consequences.” Among those consequences, OCM has announced that violators will “risk the opportunity to get a license in the legal market as well as substantial fines and possible criminal penalties.” OCM is seeking reports of violators to the OCM enforcement function, and IPD will report unlicensed cannabis sales in the city to OCM. For more information, see https://cannabis.ny.gov/news/office-cannabis-managementannounces-enforcement-action
No. The MRTA law gave municipalities the option to opt out of hosting certain types of cannabis licenses; they were required to do so by December 31, 2021. The City of Ithaca did not opt out.
No. All licensing will be handled by New York State. https://cannabis.ny.gov/licensing
Yes. The Office of Cannabis Management has issued a Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license for William Jane, a business at 119 East State Street on the Ithaca Commons which opened in spring 2023. A second CAURD license has been issued for Aspire Cannabis at 205 North Fulton Street, which is expected to open later in 2023. These are currently the only businesses licensed to legally sell cannabis in the City of Ithaca.
Due to the strong likelihood of violations of NYS law as administered by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), the City has established a policy of declining event permits at which cannabis will provided to members of the public as part of the event, until such time as OCM begins legally permitting cannabis vendors in NYS. OCM has announced that violators will “risk the opportunity to get a license in the legal market as well as substantial fines and possible criminal penalties.”
City staff are monitoring the State’s rule-making process and will provide information to Common Council regarding options for possible zoning changes once the state publishes its rules.
Yes, once licensed cannabis dispensaries are established, the City will receive new sales tax revenues in the amount of 3% on all legal cannabis retail sales in the City of Ithaca.
We don’t know. It is likely that the Office of Cannabis Management will limit the number of licenses that it issues in an area, but the State has not yet provided additional information.