CASSADAGA — For the second straight meeting, members of the Cassadaga Village Board elected to table the issue of whether they want marijuana dispensaries located within village limits.
Despite tabling it, the board did make some progress on making a decision.
The board reached a consensus that they would have Cassadaga Village Attorney Joseph Calimeri draft the law to opt out of allowing dispensaries in Cassadaga, which would then be introduced at their next meeting on July 28. Should the board approve to move forward with the law, a public hearing would be held before the following meeting on Aug. 11. The reason the board opted to go this route is because they wanted to hold a public hearing on the issue anyway.
“Just because you guys offer up a law doesn’t mean you have to go through with it,” Calimeri said. “Even if you adopted the law, you’d have to have a public hearing anyway. You can always come back and not make it a law.”
Board members themselves are each torn on the issue. Board members Cindy Flaherty, Mark Wilson, Rachel Krupa, and Bill Astry each pondered the question of whether dispensaries are a fit for Cassadaga. While the consensus seemed to be that people should have the freedom to do what they wish, there seemed to be some opposition to marijuana being sold within the village.
“It’s funny because you can find as many pros as cons,” Flaherty said. “It’s about half and half in the communit — half are for it, half are against it. I’ve talked to former addicts; I’ve talked to police officers. It’s up to us, there’s nothing really strong one way or the other.”
A large factor in the village’s apprehension is other