Of the 1,521 municipalities in the Empire State, 47 percent have said they do not want pot dispensaries. More than half — or 54 percent — don’t want consumption sites, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
The state’s largest and most populous cities, including New York, Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, have all opted into the legal weed market.
Localities where skeptics mobilized opposition to dispensaries and consumption lounges are by and large suburban areas, including most of Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties as well as hundreds of municipalities in upstate and western New York.
Last summer, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that legalizes the recreational use and sale of marijuana.
State officials estimate that the legal weed market will generate more than $350 million in tax revenues for local governments.Getty Images
Under the law, New York will charge a 13% excise tax on marijuana sales, with 9% going to the state and 4% to local governments. The towns and municipalities that opt out will forfeit their 4% share of the excise tax.
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