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Author: Wendy Burton

Series of Budget Hearings

The public is welcome to observe the Town Board go through its series of Workshops on the 2022 Budget. They will be held on the following dates: Monday night, September 20th – Monday night, September 27 and Tuesday night, October 5th if necessary. A Public Hearing on the Budget will be announced soon.

Stanford Recreation Survey

The Stanford Recreation Center has recently formed a committee to preserve & enhance the existing facilities. Before we get started, we would LOVE to hear from our community on how we should be approach the project! As a special thank you for completing the survey, we are extending a special offer for your next purchase at a local community business. 

Broadband Survey

Stanford is working to improve broadband service. Fast internet has become critical for students to pursue their education. To this end, Stanford is launching a broadband survey, and we hope every household will participate.  The online survey is available here, and on Stanford’s Facebook page, here.

 Alternatively, you can pick up hardcopies at the Stanford Free Library, McCarthy’s Pharmacy, Big Rock Market, Roosters Hardware and Town Hall.

Whitlock Preserve is Open

Stanford’s Whitlock Preserve, located off of Route 82 on Knight Road, has two short trails for walking and bird watching. This spring both trails were blocked by overgrowth, but not the west trail has been cleared and is hikeable. The eastern trail will be next, as well as clearing tree debris off the western footbridge. The Preserve is a gem. Please bring mosquito repellent!

Marijuana Legislation

Town of Stanford Legalization of Marijuana
Dialogue on Dispensaries and Lounges in the Town of Stanford
Your input on the following is requested. Please read carefully and send your comments via email to wburton@townofstanford.org.

New York State, through the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) [Cannabis Law Article 4], has legalized the possession and use of cannabis.  However, the regulated retail sale of adult-use cannabis is not expected to begin until late 2022 or early 2023.

The State regulatory framework being created is analogous the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the New York State Liquor Authority.  The framework is not complete, but several components are known.

  • There will be retail stores (sometimes called dispensaries – analogous to wine and liquor stores) and on-site consumption sites (sometimes called lounges – analogous to bars).
  • The State is prohibiting retail sale and/or on-site consumption within 500 feet of a school and 200 feet of a house of worship (analogous to alcohol sales laws).
  • All cannabis sales will be subject to a 4% local sales tax which will be distributed to the county where sales take place.  Counties are entitled to retain 25% of the local tax collected and must distribute the remaining 75% to the municipalities within the county in proportion to sales in each locale.  (Communities without sales will not receive revenue.)
  • Under State law, cannabis smoking and vaping is treated the same as smoking or vaping tobacco products and is prohibited in all the same places.
  • Towns may pass local laws and land use regulations governing the time, place and manner of the operation of retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption sites, provided such laws or regulations do not make operations unreasonably impracticable.
  • Peace officers will be able to inspect all licensed or permitted premises and all records of licensed operators.

At the local level, State law for retail and on-site consumption will be deemed automatically approved unless the municipality passes a local law (opt-out) preventing cannabis sales prior to December 31, 2021.

If the municipality opts-in; retail and/or on-premises sales cannot be prohibited but can be subject to local zoning, which cannot place unreasonable restraints on the business.  Other aspects of marijuana production and distribution have been pre-empted by state law and cannot be prohibited.

A town can opt in for one option [e.g., dispensaries] and opt out for the other [e.g., lounges]

If the Town opts-out, then it may opt-in later, but the Town cannot opt-out of either retail sales or lounges unless it passes a local law.

  • To effectuate an opt-out, local governments must adopt a local law subject to a permissive referendum on or before December 31, 2021.
  • No city, village or town may opt-out after December 31, 2021.