The Explorer’s website, AdirondackExplorer.org, recently published a story contemplating the potential for marijuana to drive new tourism business in the park if local governments are open to allowing dispensaries. Under New York law, communities will have until the end of the year to decide whether they want to prohibit such businesses. Opting out would mean no local sales, but it wouldn’t make marijuana possession illegal under state law.
Beyond our core issues of the environment and outdoor recreation, we at the Explorer track rural economics affecting the park and its communities. So the questions surrounding new business and taxation are sure to generate intriguing stories as this new market emerges. Will cannabis and the Adirondacks, as one source in the story suggests, provide the sort of “match made in heaven” that some nature lovers seek? Will legalization and sales create new problems in a park already attracting millions of visitors? Time will tell.
In the meantime, we’re considering the question of local sales as the basis for a crowd-sourced “It’s Debatable” column for our next magazine issue. If you’re interested in weighing in, you can email me or any of us at the Explorer, or you can join the discussion already happening on our affiliated website, AdirondackAlmanack.com. We’d appreciate your insights. If we publish them in the print magazine, we’ll need your correct name and the community where you reside, so please provide an email address where we can reach you.
The question we’re pondering is not so much whether legalization is appropriate. The state has already made that decision. What’s left to decide is whether Adirondack communities — one or all — should embrace this market.
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