Village of Sands Point to hold hearing on marijuana sales next month

Village of Sands Point to hold hearing on marijuana sales next month
The Village of Sands Point will hold a public hearing on the recreational sale of marijuana throughout the village on Aug. 24. (Photo by Robert Pelaez)

The Village of Sands Point Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing next month on whether to allow retail marijuana sales within its borders.

The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to set the Aug. 24 hearing. Newly elected Mayor Peter Forman said village officials made the decision “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Sands Point, per se, does not have any commercial districts,” Forman said. “We are availing ourselves of the limited time that the state has given us to do so.”

Under the state’s new marijuana law, consumption and smoking of cannabis is now legal throughout New York wherever smoking tobacco is legal. Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to refuse to allow retailers to sell the substance, though they will not get to share in any generated tax revenue if they do so.

On Monday, the Village of Williston Park became the latest North Shore municipality to opt out of the retail sale of marijuana. Members of the Williston Park board said that even if they were to allow retail cannabis sales, the village would have limited space for such businesses to establish themselves and little control over how they would operate.

Also during Tuesday’s Sands Point meeting, Forman appointed Trustee Jeffrey Moslow to serve as the village’s deputy mayor.

Moslow, who grew up in Port Washington, has been a Sands Point resident since 2002. He was appointed a trustee in August 2019 to fill the seat of Marc Silbert, who had died months before.

Prior to serving as a trustee, Moslow was a member of the village’s Board of Zoning Appeals. He also attended Tufts University and Harvard Law School and served as a senior partner at Goldman Sachs.

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