December 15, 2022
By Rick Pezzullo—
The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees this week unanimously voted to opt-in to allow cannabis dispensaries in the village.
The closely watched decision occurred slightly more than a year after trustees voted to opt-out of a provision in The New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act that became law in March 2021, making marijuana consumption legal and permitting municipalities to decide whether they will permit dispensaries in their jurisdictions.
Opting out gave Dobbs Ferry officials the flexibility to change their minds. Once a municipal opts-in, it’s bound by that decision.
During a Dec. 13 public hearing, where about 25 residents were evenly split on the issue, trustees maintained when they opted-out on Nov. 23, 2021 they always intended to revisit it once they learned more about the parameters of the state law.
“I think we have a much better sense of what New York State is going to do now,” said Trustee Nicole Sullivan, a mother of four. “Nobody on this board is endorsing the use of marijuana by minors. There is a huge problem in our schools that exist today without having a dispensary.”