Town of Hempstead board unites in opposition to marijuana sales

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They don’t want to become the Town of Hemp-stead.

The governing board of the Town of Hempstead in Long Island — right next to Queens — wants all of its 59 municipalities to opt out of selling marijuana under the new state law legalizing cannabis.

With nearly 800,000 residents, 22 villages and 37 hamlets, it is the largest “town” in the whole state as well as in the United States.

“The Town board is united in its opposition to the sale of recreational marijuana and also stands firmly against ‘on premises’ consumption of marijuana at facilities within the Town of Hempstead,” said Town of Hempstead spokesman Greg Blower.

The “just say no” statement to pot was unanimously endorsed by Republican Supervisor Donald Clavin and six council members representing all parts of the town — including Democrat Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, the first African-American woman elected to the council whose district includes the villages of Hempstead and Roosevelt.

The Post previously reported that four mayors of Long Island villages — all in the Town of Hempstead — would forbid the sale of weed in their areas: Freeport, Rockville Centre, Atlantic Beach and Island Park.

A customer purchasing marijuana supplies at Weed World in New York City on March 31, 2021.
A customer purchasing marijuana supplies at Weed World in New York City on March 31, 2021.
Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images

Some of the villages in the Town of Hempstead are incorporated and therefore are not legally bound by the larger town’s decision.

But the unanimous sentiment of the governing board represents all parts of the town and is an indication that the opt-out movement is growing in Long Island’s suburban enclaves east of New York City — which has embraced marijuana sales at retail outlets within the five boroughs.

The Town of Hempstead includes: Baldwin, Atlantic Beach Bellerose Terrace, Bellmore, Bethpage, Cedarhurst, East Meadow, East Rockaway, Elmont, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Hempstead, Hewlett Inwood, Island Park, Lawrence, Levittown, Lynbrook, Malverne, Merrick, North Lynbrook, North Valley Stream, North Woodmere, Oceanside, Point Lookout, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Seaford, South Hempstead, Uniondale, Valley Stream, Wantagh, West Hempstead and Woodmere.

People on Jones Beach in Long Island on May 24, 2020.
People on Jones Beach in Long Island on May 24, 2020.
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Popular Jones Beach is also located in The Town of Hempstead.

Under the law, New York would impose a 14 percent sales taxes on the sale of weed — with 9 percent going to the state treasury, 3 percent to municipalities including towns, cities and villages land and 1 percent to county governments.

Municipalities that refuse to sell marijuana forego the sales tax revenue.

A woman smoking marijuana in Berlin, Germany on August 11, 2018.
A woman smoking marijuana in Berlin, Germany on August 11, 2018.
Photo by Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Image

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Erin Mosley

Erin Mosley writes for the Hollywood section of Newzinto.