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North Hempstead officials object to 'clustering' of medical marijuana facilities in town

North Hempstead Town officials are voicing concerns about the multiple medical marijuana dispensaries approved for Nassau County that have applied to open within the town.

There is a dispensary in Lake Success that is operated by California-based MedMen, and another dispensary run by Massachusetts-based CuraLeaf that is set to open within a few months in Carle Place.

MedMen has also applied to open a dispensary at a one-story, 6,396-square-foot building at 1575 Northern Blvd., in Manhasset. Company officials said they intend to relocate the Lake Success facility there.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a news release that while she supports the use of medical marijuana for those with serious medical conditions, she is concerned about the “clustering of facilities” in North Hempstead.

“There have been no other dispensary locations proposed in the two other towns and two cities in Nassau County," Bosworth said in the news release. "Not only does the clustering of facilities within North Hempstead impact our residents, it requires other Nassau County residents to travel far distances to the northwest corner of the county. North Hempstead is home to 17% of Nassau County’s approximately 1.3 million residents and, as of today, 100% of the County’s current and proposed medical marijuana dispensaries.”

The town has contacted the New York State Department of Health to urge the department to consider locating any additional dispensaries outside of the town, but has not received an answer, town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said Tuesday.There are no other dispensaries open or proposed  for other municipalities in Nassau County.

Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said Tuesday in a statement that “the most appropriate place from which to dispense marijuana would be a medical facility with appropriate security.” 

The Manhasset location MedMen selected is currently a Sleep Number mattress store. With 16 proposed parking spots, Kaplan said the application “appears to lack sufficient off-street parking to operate.” She added that there is no current application for a variance before the town, but that should one be submitted, the Board of Zoning Appeals would hold a hearing and allow residents to offer their input.

A planned doubling of the state medical marijuana program will add 20 new dispensaries in New York, with the count to rise to three locations each in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Suffolk’s lone dispensary in Riverhead is operated by New York-based Columbia Care NY LLC.

Fiorello Pharmaceuticals of Manhattan has been authorized to open Nassau County’s third dispensary. Company representatives could not be reached for comment on where that dispensary might be located.

As of Oct. 2, there were 74,417 patients registered with the state program to receive medical marijuana.

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