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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.
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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. All licensing will be handled by New York State. https://cannabis.ny.gov/licensing
We don’t know yet. The Office of Cannabis Management has announced that it will issue three Conditional Adult Use Recreational Dispensary (CAURD) licenses in the Southern Tier Region, of which Ithaca is a part. These will be the first types of retail dispensary licenses issued by the State. The State aims to have the first CAURD licensees open before the end of 2022. OCM closed the application window for an entrepreneur or non-profit organization to apply for a CAURD license in September and is currently in the process of evaluating license applications and locations. The City does not have confirmation whether one of those licenses will be for a dispensary in the City of Ithaca. For more information visit. https://cannabis.ny.gov/caurd
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.