Calls grow for Mount Vernon to shut down cannabis dispensary lacking city approvals – The Journal News

As Mount Vernon’s Planning Board decides whether to retroactively approve the already operating Elevate cannabis dispensary, residents have called on the city to shut down Westchester’s first legal recreational weed shop until the panel acts.

The growing calls for the closure of Elevate come almost four months after the dispensary opened, with full knowledge of the city administration, but without crucial municipal approvals. Tax Watch detailed the issue last week, finding that the dispensary owners did a gut rehab of an autobody shop into a retail space without a building permit, and were granted a temporary certificate of occupancy based on the non-existent permit.

The Planning Board meets Wednesday at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the request for approval for the dispensary, which opened in early December.