NY releases statewide opt-out data on cannabis sales

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — One-third of localities in New York have opted out of cannabis sales, according to data released Tuesday.

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) reports 10% of cities and 34% of all municipalities indicated they would not be hosting retail and/or on-site cannabis consumption licenses. Those communities can choose to opt-in at any time. This decision does not prevent residents in those communities from possessing or consuming cannabis products as allowed by state law.

News10NBC previously reported towns like Greece, Gates, Pittsford and others had opted out.

You can read the full list here. These listings are communities that have decided not to take part in one or more options.

Cannabis opt-out list by News10NBC on Scribd

The next step in the road toward New Yorkers being able to legally buy and sell marijuana in stores are a series of "Cannabis Conversations" hosted by the Cannabis Control Board and the OCM.

The conversations will address New York cannabis law in detail and will be held all across the state throughout January and February.

There are events in Western New York on Thursday, Jan. 27 in the Finger Lakes on Monday, Jan. 31 and the Southern Tier on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Click here for more information or to register for one of the events.