Report of the Cannabis Task Force and Adoption of Guidelines for the Review of Cannabis-Related Applications.
At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, February 09, 2023, the following resolution passed with a vote of 33 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:
WHEREAS, In 2021 the State of New York legalized the production, sale, and use of recreational cannabis, which created the ability of the State to license retail cannabis dispensaries and establishments for on-site consumption; and
WHEREAS, The regulation of these establishments is predominantly handled by the State and the State has created the State Cannabis Control Board for that purpose; and
WHEREAS, Within the proposed State guidelines municipalities can enact local laws and regulations governing the “time, place and manner” of such establishments; and
WHEREAS, CB5 tries to balance the needs of the entire community — ensuring the quality of life of the residents, while also allowing for the businesses to flourish; and
WHEREAS, In the nascent phase of development of a new legalized cannabis industry in New York, the entitlement of cannabis licenses without evaluation of local history, public interest, and attention to balancing the rights of cannabis licensees with the rights of the residents, would do a disservice to both communities and businesses; and
WHEREAS, To maximize the local benefit of new cannabis establishments allowed by State law and to minimize the risk of disruption of such establishments to the community, CB5 convened the Cannabis Task Force (CTF), to accomplish the following tasks:
WHEREAS, Over a period of two months, the CTF gathered information by meeting with and directly outreaching to residents, businesses, block associations, neighborhood groups, and building owners; and
WHEREAS, The proposed guidelines proposed by the CTF for use in evaluating cannabis licensee applications (attached hereto, the "CTF Guidelines") were presented to the State Licenses and Permits Committee of CB5 (“SLAP”) and supported unanimously by the Committee after discussion took place at the SLAP meeting on February 1, 2023, with comments and input taken from the public; and
WHEREAS, The CTF Guidelines use as a foundation decisions already established through existing CB5 policy guidelines improving public health, safety, and quality of life in the community, such as those governing the committees evaluation of liquor license applications within the “CB5 Restricted Licensing Area (the “RLA”) and the “Broadway Corridor Restricted Licensing Area” (the “BCRLA”); and
WHEREAS, SLAP unanimously adopted the CTF Guidelines as amended during its meeting; and therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That, in furtherance of the foregoing, Community Board Five hereby adopts the Cannabis Task Force Guidelines (“CTF Guidelines”) attached hereto; and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges the New York State Cannabis Control Board to review the CTF Guidelines and to support Community Board Five’s priorities expressed therein as applied to cannabis establishment applications relevant thereto.
MANHATTAN COMMUNITY BOARD FIVE
GUIDELINES ON CANNABIS LICENSING
Manhattan Community Board Five (“CB5”) hereby establishes these "GUIDELINES ON CANNABIS LICENSING" or “GCL” to govern the Board’s consideration of all cannabis license applications within our district.
Any application for a cannabis license within CB5 may only be approvable provided that the proposed location is no less than:
And for retail establishments only, the following additional distance requirements:
Noise and Odor Mitigation
Cannabis applicants shall provide noise and odor mitigation plans demonstrating how their establishments will minimize noise and odor pollution. All applicants must minimize noise and odor pollution and its adverse impact on the community; and
Hours of Operation
No establishment for the retail sale, delivery, or on-site consumption of cannabis shall operate later than 2:00 a.m.; and
No establishment for the on-site consumption of cannabis, which is located within 500 feet of a residence, shall have hours of operation later than:
Restricted Licensing Areas
When a proposed cannabis license is located within any existing or future “Restricted Licensing Area” of CB5 (an “RLA”), to the extent that any requirements applicable within such RLA are more restrictive than those provided in these guidelines (including but not limited to hours of operation, size of the premises, etc.), the application shall comply with the more restrictive requirements of such RLA; and
Consumption of cannabis products must not be permitted outdoors, including in sidewalk sheds, rooftops, terraces, and other outdoor areas within which the business operates; and
Community Engagement and Process
Incorporate all the conditions and restrictions into the "method of operation" included as part of the cannabis license application submitted by the applicant to the Cannabis Control Board, a copy of which shall be simultaneously submitted to CB5.
Method of Operation Matrix
Community Board FiveCannabis Licensee Application Evaluation Matrix
Less desirable feature
More desirable features
Time/Hours of Operation
Hours significantly differ from neighborhood retail and other businesses.
Hours aligns with neighborhood retail and other businesses.
Where is the cannabis dispensary located? Residential, Mixed Use, Business Corridor
Manner /Method of Operation
Accommodation for lines/crowds
Crowd control plan
No security plan
Noise and odor
Equipment, meters for control measures
Community engagement and relationship (e.g., co-op board; BID, block association)
No engagement or relationship
Active engagement or relationship