Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday legalizing adult use of marijuana in New York, but municipalities can opt out if they choose.
Cities, towns and villages are able to prohibit marijuana dispensaries after they are legally permitted to open in the state in April 2022.
Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said counties do not have that choice.
“It’s not even an option for counties. It will be up to cities, towns and villages. According to the legislation I read, counties won’t have a say in it,” Linger said Friday. “It will be up to the individual municipalities whether they want to participate or not.”
The legislation includes a 13% excise tax on marijuana sold in the state, with 3% going to the municipality and 1% going to the county, Linger said.
If Greene County had been able to prohibit the legal sale of marijuana, Linger said he does not know if the county would have opted out.
“We didn’t discuss it,” he said.
Linger does have concerns with the legislation in terms of people driving under the influence and with the utilities that will be used by people growing marijuana.
“I don’t know how to take it — who will buy it, who will