Riverhead tries to pinpoint where recreational marijuana locations can open

A Riverhead advisory group is
struggling to find locations for recreational weed stores in their town.

Pot dispensaries cannot be within 500 feet of a school or within 200 feet of a
church so Riverhead town officials are working on figuring out locations where it can and
cannot be sold.

Riverhead councilman Ken Rothwell says the town is getting ready to safely
allow the sale of recreational marijuana, but the state’s Office of Cannabis
Management still has not provided ground rules for the industry.

He says that there will not be any retail locations or consumption places in
the town by Jan. 1.

“I don’t really foresee that
you’re going to have any directives until the springtime,” Rothwell says.
“But we can’t sit idle and wait for that. When the applications come in,
we will have to process them within 30 days, according to the state. Therefore,
we need to be prepared.”

Riverhead recently joined Babylon and Brookhaven by opting in for retail
marijuana sales.

Sales for recreational weed will be banned in Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Smithtown,
Islip, Shelter Island and East Hampton.

News 12
reached out to the state’s Office of Cannabis Management for comment, but have
not heard back as of 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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