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File #: Res 0734-2019    Version: Name: Ensure that any law passed to legalize the market for the adult use of cannabis allows the City to enact its own regulatory measures on issues unique to its location including the home delivery and cultivation of cannabis in NYC.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
On agenda: 2/13/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State legislature to ensure that any law passed to legalize the market for the adult use of cannabis allows the City to enact its own regulatory measures on issues unique to its location including the home delivery and cultivation of cannabis in New York City.
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Laurie A. Cumbo, Brad S. Lander, Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera , Diana Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 734, 2. February 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Committee Report 2/27/19, 4. Hearing Testimony 2/27/19, 5. Hearing Transcript 2/27/19, 6. Proposed Res. No. 734-A - 3/19/19, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-13-19, 8. Committee Report 3/27/19, 9. Hearing Transcript 3/27/19, 10. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 11. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19
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3/27/2019*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Res. No. 734-A

 

Resolution calling on the New York State legislature to ensure that any law passed to legalize the market for the adult use of cannabis allows the City to enact its own regulatory measures on issues unique to its location including the home delivery and cultivation of cannabis in New York City.

 

By The Speaker (Council Member Johnson) and Council Members Cumbo, Lander, Kallos, Rivera and Ayala

 

                     

                     Whereas, The New York legislature is poised to pass landmark legislation legalizing the adult-use cannabis market across the State; and 

Whereas, Although it will be vital to centralize regulatory oversight of “non-medical”                  cannabis across New York state to ensure uniform standards regarding health and safety, the law should also grant localities the authority to regulate policy areas that are unique to their locations; and,

Whereas, Across the State there are differing attitudes towards legalizing adult-use cannabis market; and,

Whereas, Recognizing this, in his budget address, Governor Cuomo indicated that his plan for legalization of the adult-use cannabis market would allow counties with populations over 100,000 to ban the retail sale of cannabis; and,

Whereas, As such, political leaders from Suffolk, Nassau, Chautauqua and Genesee counties have all indicated that they will consider utilizing the opt-out provision; and,

Whereas, Measures such as this will enable municipal governments to regulate aspects of adult-use cannabis market in accordance with the interests of their local jurisdiction; and,

                     Whereas, Given its distinctive characteristics when compared to other parts of the State, such powers are especially important to New York City; and,

Whereas, The population density of New York State is 421 people per square mile, while  New York City has the highest population density of any city in the Country with more than 27,000 people per square mile; and,

Whereas, New York City also hosts a high concentration of tourists - close to 63 million in 2017, and if the adult-use cannabis market is legalized in New York State, the City has an obligation to both educate tourists on the laws and also protect their rights as consumers; and,

Whereas, As such, once the adult-use cannabis market is legalized, New York City will likely face unique regulatory issues that differ markedly from those faced by other State locations; and,

Whereas, For example, the City’s density and urban environment pose serious challenges when determining appropriate spaces for cannabis cultivation; and, 

                     Whereas, cannabis is an energy-intensive crop, often requiring constant indoor lighting and heating rigs, ventilation systems and water; and,

                     Whereas, In addition to creating potential fire hazards, cultivation sites could put a huge strain on the City’s utilities and sanitation systems; and, 

                     Whereas, The legalization of the adult-use cannabis market will also act as a catalyst for other regulatory issues that are distinctive to New York City; and, 

Whereas, For instance, unlike other parts of the State, City residents commonly use delivery services that provide everything from groceries, alcohol and laundry to make-up services, chicken-hatching eggs, and condoms directly to their residences; and,

Whereas, Therefore, the attitudes, expectations and behavior of consumers in New York City differs widely from those in other parts of the State; and,

Whereas, New York City’s urban environment, the sheer size of its population and their unique consumer behaviors means that a legal adult-use cannabis market poses specific challenges for the City; and,

Whereas, To ensure that New York City can continue to balance the competing and complex needs of its residents, business groups, and consumers, the City’s agencies should be granted powers to regulate the adult-use cannabis market at the local level; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the New York State legislature ensure that any law passed to legalize the market for the adult use of cannabis allows the City to enact its own regulatory measures on issues unique to its location including the home delivery and cultivation of cannabis in New York City.

 

 

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3/19/19

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