The Cortlandville town board at its meeting on Wednesday tabled its decision on whether to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries to give the town’s attorney more time to review information.
In March, New York state legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 or older. The state is giving municipalities until Dec. 31 of this year to opt out of allowing marijuana retail sales.
Town supervisor Tom Williams said there are two parts to the local law in consideration: the first is opting out of allowing marijuana dispensaries, and the second is opting out of where marijuana can be used (mainly restaurants and bars).
“Since marijuana is now legal in the state, we have no control over the use or growing of marijuana,” he added.
If Cortlandville doesn’t opt out by the end of the year, dispensaries in the community will be automatically opted in by the state, town attorney John DelVecchio said.
“If the town chooses to opt out, which will put a prohibition on these dispensaries, you can choose to opt back in any time in the future,” he added.