See the recent article on L.A.’s move to shut down dispensaries. Query whether this approach is possible in a jurisdiction in which the state government approves applications to open dispensaries – and those applications specify the address of the dispensary, meaning that the state government has already approved operation of the dispensary at a particular location.
I assume that the experiences of L.A. and San Francisco are the most relevant to New York; after all, can you contemplate Manhattan with dispensaries? How about one in Times Square and one on St Mark’s Place? I can see the neighborhood associations and City Council going wild. Maybe people in the West Village won’t mind location of a dispensary within their neighborhood, but i assume that there will be resistance everywhere else.