Marijuana Sales Legalized in Cold Spring

Voters allow licensed retail shops, but not lounges

Residents in the Village of Cold Spring were asked on Nov. 2 to decide whether to allow licensed businesses to sell marijuana.

When the polls closed on Election Day, the majority of Cold Spring voters had said they supported legalizing cannabis dispensaries, but the results were too close to call because of the number of outstanding absentee ballots.

Eighty arrived from Cold Spring by the Monday (Nov. 9) deadline, but they did not change the initial result. The final unofficial tally was 481-439, or 52 percent in favor.

Retail Dispensaries

Yes, they should be allowed: 481 (52 percent)
No, they should not be allowed: 439 (48 percent)

Unofficial results, including absentees

The absentees also did not change the Election Day results for a second proposal that would have allowed on-site consumption of marijuana at businesses, such as smoking lounges. It was defeated 495-458, or 52 percent opposed.

On-Site Consumption

No, it should not be allowed: 495 (52 percent)
Yes, it should be allowed: 458 (48 percent)

Unofficial results, including absentees

Under state law, villages, towns and cities can “opt out” of allowing sales or consumption if they act by Dec. 31. While Cold Spring sent the issue to the Nov. 2 ballot, officials in Philipstown voted on Nov. 4 to opt out. Nelsonville’s Village Board plans to vote on an opt-out measure in December.

If dispensaries open in Cold Spring, the village will receive 75 percent of a 4 percent local tax on sales, with the rest going to Putnam County. Unless Philipstown later opts in, the village will not have to split its share with the town.

2 thoughts on “Marijuana Sales Legalized in Cold Spring

  1. Cannabis consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

  2. Not for nothing, why would the focus be on regulating marijuana in the middle of an opioid epidemic that took 100,000 lives last year?