“Now we’ve a brand new alternative for the town of Albany to generate income, to take a position into the town of Albany,” stated Councilman Owusu Anane, who represents Ward 10, the Pine Hills neighborhood.
Anane says council members agree authorized marijuana companies can play a task within the metropolis’s monetary resurgence.
Town joins Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs in saying ‘sure’ to hashish dispensaries and consumption websites. To this point, Watervliet and Lake George are among the many cities saying ‘no’ for now, in keeping with the Rockefeller Institute of Authorities Marijuana Opt-Out Tracker.
“A lot of my colleagues perceive that this can be a new alternative that we can’t say no to,” Anane stated.
The council sees the potential for a pot of gold in tax cash in a metropolis the place many financial engines are tax-exempt.
“We’ve got to maximise and benefit from it so we will proceed to fund providers just like the police division, the fireplace division, the division of basic service that picks up our trash, income to repair our roads, our parks,” he stated.
NewsChannel 13 additionally spoke to Widespread Council President Corey Ellis, who instructed us pot is not going to simply carry new storefronts, however an entire new trade of advertisers and different companies to develop together with it.
Ellis and Anane say the council is seeking to assist carry jobs again to areas of the town the place minorities have been disproportionately impacted by the policing of marijuana.
The widespread council’s position will largely be zoning for dispensaries.
“We’re not going to open a bar throughout from a church or throughout from a faculty. So we’re going to have a few of these forms of zoning actions in place after we come to open up marijuana dispensaries,” stated
In 2022, Anane says neighbors in Albany can count on to begin to see public boards the place individuals can assist the town resolve the place to place the brand new dispensaries.