SYRACUSE — There could possibly be modifications coming to the New York State Honest’s smoking coverage.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is directing the state Division of Agriculture and Markets to conduct a evaluation of festivals in New York. One a part of the evaluation will study the state truthful’s smoking coverage.
The prevailing smoking coverage prohibits smoking in sure areas of the truthful, together with all buildings, picnic areas, the halfway and kiddieland. The ban additionally applies to the grassy space at Chevy Court docket, the 9/11 and veterans memorials and the State Park on the Honest.
Based on the coverage, smoking is permitted on the truthful “in different normal areas that aren’t prohibited by New York State Regulation.”
The impetus for the evaluation is the legalization of marijuana in New York. Previous to the truthful, it was introduced that marijuana could possibly be smoked on the fairgrounds.
State Honest Director Troy Waffner instructed The Citizen on Thursday that as a result of tobacco merchandise may be smoked on the fairgrounds, marijuana smoking was permitted.
“That was a difficulty this yr,” Waffner stated.
There are a number of choices for the truthful. One chance is the creation of designated smoking areas. Six Flags Darien Lake, an amusement park in western New York, prohibits smoking however has designated smoking areas for company.
Waffer thinks the concept of designated smoking areas is “a good manner of addressing it.”
The truthful might additionally discover a ban with out establishing designated smoking areas. Another choice is to not change the coverage, however Waffner stated he doesn’t consider that’s “a sensible factor to do.”
“I do agree with everyone who stated we have now to do one thing to attempt to management the smoking of marijuana round youngsters and households as a result of it is a household occasion,” he added.
It’s unknown how lengthy the evaluation will final or when the smoking coverage could possibly be up to date. Hochul introduced on Thursday that the truthful will return to a 13-day schedule in 2022 after an 18-day run this yr.
The 2022 truthful opens Aug. 24 and runs via Labor Day, Sept. 5.