$1M in tax revenue, regulations prompt Babylon town supervisor to change stance on legal pot
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, who was long opposed to the idea of allowing the legal sale of marijuana in the town, is now reconsidering his position.
Schaffer met with local elected officials and an advocacy group during a virtual meeting and now says he may consider allowing the sale of pot.
Schaffer says it could bring in about $1 million a year in tax revenue to the town but adds that what really made him change his stance was how highly regulated the product will be.
"It's going to kind of drive out this black market - that really resonated with me," says Schaffer. "That was probably the most important thing I heard yesterday."
Residents will still be able to have marijuana in their homes and grow it in their yards even if municipalities opt out of allowing the sale of it.
Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and many other officials say they need more time to examine the legislation.
"Trying to figure out what all the rules and regulations are going to be," says Carpenter. "How it's really going to be monitored and handled? How safe is it going to be for the driving public?"
Long Islanders have mixed reactions. Some say the money it will bring is worth it while others argue it's only going to increase the drug problem.