Lynbrook Board of Directors votes to ban marijuana in public | Herald Community Newspapers

Months after voting to ban marijuana sales and dispensaries in the village, Lynbrook officials unanimously voted to ban the smoking of marijuana in public places like parks, restaurants and public places. local businesses in a public hearing on October 18.

“The Village of Lynbrook will follow New York State law and ensure the safety of Lynbrook residents,” Mayor Alan Beach told the Herald. “The vote was unanimous.

Authorities responded after residents complained about people smoking marijuana in parks and other public spaces. The vote included an amendment to the village code, which complied with the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act. The law was approved by state officials in 2017 and bans smoking and vaping in almost all public and private indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke and vaping aerosols.

In May, the village council voted unanimously to ban the construction or installation of marijuana dispensaries and consumer stores in the village after a public hearing, citing a potential danger to the community.

The board opened the public hearing on dispensaries after New York State passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA, on March 31, which gave villages, counties and towns the power to prohibit sales in their jurisdictions. New York became the 18th state to legalize the use of marijuana, and authorities have formed new agencies within the state government to control it.

In New York City, residents can own up to 3 ounces of marijuana and 24 ounces of concentrated cannabis, and there are other regulations for the oils. An adult 21 and over is also allowed to grow three plants and no more than six per residence if more than one adult lives there.

Although Lynbrook reportedly collected a percentage of the sales tax on marijuana, officials said they believed the dangers of allowing cannabis sales in the village outweighed the potential for additional income. Beach said the board wanted to go further by banning smoking in public amid several complaints about the smell in the village.

The East Rockaway Village Board of Directors withdrew from marijuana sales on April 15 and, after two public hearings this summer, banned dispensaries and sales, like many other villages in Nassau County.

“First of all, we don’t want it in our community,” Mayor Bruno Romano said at the time. “Second, I grew up in East Rockaway and I sure don’t want that to happen. It is a matter of quality of life for all of us. It has no place here.

Village attorney Tom Atkinson explained earlier this month that the board’s decision would not ban smoking marijuana in private homes, as it is now legal under the law of the state.

“It is important to note that we are not banning cannabis in the village of Lynbrook,” Atkinson said. “We wouldn’t have that jurisdiction under current New York State law. You are allowed to consume or consume cannabis in your private home. What we can do is insert this provision and ban it on public and village lands. “

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