Ithaca-Area Cannabis Dispensaries Likely By Year’s End –

Cannabis dispensaries will start opening in Tompkins County by the end of the year, according to a presentation titled “Get Ready Get Set: New York State’s Progress Towards Legalizing Cannabis” given at the New York State Association of Counties. And due to the tax structure of marijuana sales, these dispensaries could be a source of significant funds for local governments.

Tompkins County Legislator Richard John, who attended the presentation, said that a particular area of concern that was raised during the presentation was about “sticker-stores.” John said that these “stores are selling a sticker, something of really no value at all, for a lot of money, and then gifting marijuana….” He continued saying, “…a lot of people in the room spoke up saying there has not been an adequate response to that.”

The Office of Cannabis Management sent cease and desist letters to 52 businesses suspected of operating as “sticker-stores” in February and chose to publish the unredacted letters in July. The letters took a hard stance against sticker stores, stating that “illegal sales include the sale of cannabis products in-person at a retail location, online, via delivery, or at an event; and include so-called ‘gifting.’”

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