What Did You Think?: Survey Results on NYS Cannabis Law on Fishers Island

ICB appreciates all the responses to the December 2021 Cannabis Survey and share the results in the report here.

Report on ICB’s Survey of the Fishers Island Community
re: the application of NYS Cannabis Law on Fishers Island, NY 

Overview: In response to an open public hearing on the Town Boards’ intent to pass a Local Law entitled, “A Local Law Opting out of Adult-Use Cannabis Retail Dispensaries and On-Site Consumption Sites” opting-out of recently passed NYS law allowing for cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption sites state-wide beginning in 2022, ICB developed and distributed a survey to better understand island sentiment on the issue.

Outcome: 144 people responded to the survey. As the overwhelming response was in favor of the town’s position, the ICB took no further action.

Q1 I believe that cannabis dispensaries and adult on-site use sites should be allowed to exist on Fishers Island.

I do. 48 (33%)
I don’t. 96 (67%)
Total 144 (100%)

Q2 I am eligible to vote in NYS elections and am registered to do so on Fishers Island, NY.

I am. 42 (29 %)
I am not. 102 (71 %)
Total 144 (100 %)

Process Recap:
Generally, ICB is happy with the number responding, though we would like to see a greater % of eligible voters responding. The survey demonstrated that this method is effective at quickly developing a position on island sentiment. We also generated good feedback from participants, that will improve future efforts:

  1. The timing of the survey could have been better.
  2. A platform that doesn’t require a google email would increase participation.
  3. An option to respond anonymously, especially for sensitive subjects, would be appreciated. 

Comments submitted in response to the survey can be found HERE

The Suffolk Times 12/28/21: Southold opts out of retail marijuana, public consumption sites; [for now]

What Do You Think?

The Island Community Board (ICB) would like to hear your thoughts regarding the application of NY State Cannabis Law on Fishers Island, NY.

A recently passed NYS law allows for cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption sites state-wide beginning in 2022. It also creates an opportunity for municipalities to “opt-out” of the law by December 31, 2021.

The Southold Town Board has a public hearing ongoing through December 28, 2021, to hear feedback on its intention to pass a Local Law entitled, “A Local Law Opting out of Adult-Use Cannabis Retail Dispensaries and On-Site Consumption Sites”

The law (and the Town Boards’ intention to opt-out) is designed to allow the decision about the existence of dispensaries and use-sites in the Town of Southold to be made by the voting public through a permissive referendum.

Let us know what you think!

CLICK THIS ↑ BUTTON TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,

Nate Malinowski
ICB Communications Committee Chair

 

Survey Link:
https://forms.gle/ULiQDRWPY9TeUur99

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