The city of Binghamton is preparing to adopt zoning rules that will determine where cannabis businesses will be able to locate.

Mayor Jared Kraham on Thursday announced the release of a draft map and the opportunity for residents to express their views on the plan.

Speaking at City Hall, Kraham said the move puts Binghamton "on the leading edge" among state municipalities supporting "the development of responsible cannabis businesses in the next several years."

Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham at City Hall on June 2, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham at City Hall on June 2, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The mayor said he is working to make sure Binghamton can attract new jobs and new investment from the emerging cannabis industry.

Kraham said the city is "in a great position to see these new businesses thrive." He said there's the potential for multi-million-dollar projects that could result in the creation of hundreds of jobs in Binghamton, along with new tax revenue.

The mayor said communities which host cannabis retail shops would receive three percent of an excise tax on products sold in the businesses.

Kraham said the proposed zoning map includes 500-foot buffer zones around schools and 200-foot buffers around places of worship. Those zones reflect the requirements imposed by the state.

The draft map may be changed based on public comment and state regulations. The proposed zoning map can be viewed HERE.

Comments on the map will be accepted through July 2. They may be submitted to planning@cityofbinghamton.com.

Kraham said city council will hold a public hearing before voting to finalize the cannabis business zoning map.

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