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 %)
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:
- The timing of the survey could have been better.
- A platform that doesn’t require a google email would increase participation.
- An option to respond anonymously, especially for sensitive subjects, would be appreciated.
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!
Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience.
ICB Communications Committee Chair