niskyun – There will be no cannabis dispensary in Niscune in the near future.
The town board voted on a local law on Wednesday that did not allow facilities in the municipality.
The vote for the local law was 4-0. Board member John Della Ratta was absent from the meeting.
Local law has, for the time being, banned any cannabis dispensaries in the city as well as on-site consumption locations. The city will still have the option to opt back in at any time.
The resolution is subject to a permissible referendum, meaning a resident can request a public vote on the matter within the next 30 days.
Only two residents commented on the subject during a public hearing.
“So far the state has not issued guidance regarding the licensing process or the rules governing operating practices,” said Jean Sosno, president of the Niscuna Community Action Program. “By opting out now it makes sense to give yourself the necessary time to make the best decision for Niscune and the community.”
She said that regardless of public opinion on adult consumption of cannabis, many would agree that children should not consume the drug. He said that being out of the city sends a message to the youth that the city cares about their health.
He said that areas which have dispensaries and consumption places could be negatively impacted even if those places generate revenue.
“Tax revenue is cited as a benefit of allowing a dispensary in the city,” she said. “But it’s not necessarily predictable. In states that have legalized adult use, it takes years for revenue to build up. Many of those states have slashed revenue estimates.”
She said consumption can also affect one’s health.
Resident Jenny Orr submitted similar remarks to the board. She raised concerns about drunk driving, and the potential second-hand smokers could face at the facilities.
“Similarly, the proliferation of cannabis dispensaries normalizes and makes a product more accessible that can have a negative impact on young people’s physical, mental and social health,” she said. “Since accessibility matters, in 2017 the town changed its zoning law to prohibit new tobacco retailers at least 1,000 feet from schools. This was partly in response to the fact that the city had The number of tobacco retailers had increased by 50% within a few years.
Earlier this month Glanville voted 4-1 to pull out of cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption locations until the state provided more details about the process.
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