Trustees debate retail cannabis sales | Columbia County | – Hudson Valley 360

PHILMONT — Mayor Brian Johnson does not want marijuana dispensaries to come to the village, even though the businesses could generate considerable sales tax revenue.

Trustee Debra Gitterman brought the topic of dispensaries to Johnson and trustees Larry Ostrander and Douglas Cropper with caution at the Village Board of Trustees workshop meeting.

“Speaking of municipal taxes, this is a little controversial, but I would like us to kind of, and I don’t know where I stand on it, but I’d like us to think about it, so…,” she said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislation allows marijuana producers and distributors to obtain separate licenses, and municipalities will have to decide whether they want to allow dispensaries, Gitterman said.

Johnson immediately said he didn’t like the idea.

“I don’t want to allow it,” Johnson said. “I’ll tell you right now. I’m not in favor of it at all. I don’t think Philmont should be known for the best pot in town. I really don’t.” Cropper agreed with Johnson just as immediately.

“I’m with you on that,” he said. “I don’t want to see it. I don’t even want it legal in the state.” Johnson, as he walked across the room after getting up from his seat at

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