Brittany ComakFeb 7, 2018, 10:44 pmFeb 8, 2018, 1:18 pm

A marijuana dispensary may soon be opening in Carle Place

North Hempstead’s building department is reviewing a provider’s plan to set up shop in an office building

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CARLE PLACE — Since the New York State Compassionate Care Act was signed into law in 2014, two medical marijuana dispensaries have opened on Long Island, and another may be coming soon to an office building on Glen Cove Road in Carle Place. The providers reportedly pulled building permits for the business in December and would likely open in the spring.

North Hempstead said in a statement that a similar facility had already opened in New Hyde Park and since closed. Though there was public outcry before its opening, it did not cause any significant issues.

In addition, the item will not require a public hearing because the building is already properly zoned.

"The zoning permits both medical offices and retail pharmaceutical uses. The applicant has submitted plans to the town's building department, which is currently reviewing them. That review will make sure that the plans comply with all building and zoning code requirements," North Hempstead officials said in a statement.

According to the Department of Health, There are almost 44,000 patients that take advantage of these dispensaries for diseases like Parkinson’s, cancer, or HIV in the state.

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