FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2022
City of Kingston is Seeking Applications for a Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Task Force
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Common Council are pleased to announce that they are seeking applications for an advisory task force to lead the City of Kingston’s transition into allowing local marijuana dispensaries in accordance with the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).
New York State continues to develop regulations related to adult use of cannabis (marijuana), revising long-standing law enforcement policies and creating new business opportunities throughout the State. The City has not opted out of allowing licensing for local dispensaries and on-site consumption. While the NY State Office of Cannabis Management will control that process, the City of Kingston is creating a task force to gather community input regarding these policy changes.
“The cannabis industry will be new here in New York and each community will be learning how to navigate this process,” said Mayor Noble. “We know that, in the past, marijuana enforcement created vast inequities and disproportionately affected communities of color. When we put conditions in place for future cannabis retail in Kingston, we want to make sure that jobs are being created and the tax revenue will go to benefit these impacted communities.”
Council President Andrea Shaut said, “The MRTA Task Force is a proactive measure established by the Common Council and partnered with the Mayor to tap into our profoundly passionate and skilled community to guide the City in smart growth within the new industry. This is an opportunity to welcome new voices, view different perspectives, and simply put – to do things right from the onset. It is my sincere hope that this model of proactive work can be matched in the future, and that folks join the conversation by applying.”
The mission of this task force will be to help guide the City in our limited authority over the time, place and manner of retail operations. It will also amplify community voices regarding enforcement concerns and goals for how MRTA tax proceeds can be reinvested to achieve the law’s social equity objectives.
The MRTA Task Force will meet periodically over 12 months and will compile information that will be posted on the City’s website. Membership will consist of nine community members who live and/or work in the City of Kingston, including representatives of groups or institutions. While the focus is on residents, applications from individuals with significant ties to Kingston who are committed to equitable and sustainable economic growth may also be considered.
Applications for joining the task force, can be found here and here due by Friday, July 8, 2022.
Application link: https://forms.gle/fEBMy2oeciBqAXoD6