Some members of the community are concerned that Riverhead’s medical marijuana dispensary will bring with it a spike in crime. The News-Review contacted law enforcement officials in towns across the country where medical marijuana dispensaries already exist to get their opinions on how those facilities have affected local crime rates.
A proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Riverhead is all but dead now that four Town Board members announced Thursday they’re against the plan.
On Tuesday, the Millbrook Gables Civic Association presented the Riverhead Town Board with a letter and petition signed by 51 people who are against a new proposed location for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The Riverhead Town Board will be discussing a Peconic riverfront rain garden with representatives from the Peconic Estuary Program at its work session Thursday. Other discussion items include amendments to the town code regarding parks and recreation and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance barn. READ
An overwhelming majority of speakers — many of whom suffered or had family members who suffered from diseases like epilepsy and cancer — voiced their support for medical marijuana at a public hearing Wednesday night. READ
Officials from Columbia Care, the New York City-based company seeking to put a medical marijuana dispensary at the former Blockbuster Video site on Route 58, agreed to look for “two or three” alternative locations for the proposed facility. READ
The Riverhead Town Board is expected to discuss its proposed one-year medical marijuana moratorium with Columbia Care NY, the company that wants to bring a medical marijuana dispensary to Route 58, at Thursday’s work session. READ
I am writing this letter in response to the editorial entitled “Medical marijuana moratorium is misguided,” which ran Aug. 27. READ