City To Vote On Opting Out Of Cannabis Dispensaries, Consumption Sites – Jamestown Post Journal   Recently updated !


The Jamestown City Council. P-J file photo by Dennis Phillips

The Jamestown City Council could be opting out of allowing cannabis dispensaries and consumption sites.

On Monday, the council is slated to vote on the local law during its monthly voting session meeting. There has been very little discussion by city officials on the option of opting out.

In April, the council and Mayor Eddie Sundquist had a discussion about the legalization of recreational pot use and about the local law opt out option, but have not had one since.

Sundquist said last spring that by the end of the year, the council has to decide whether to opt out of allowing dispensaries to operate or allow them to be active in the city. Along with dispensaries, he said the city can opt out of allowing on-site marijuana consumption facilities as well. If the city does opt out Monday, the council has the option in the future to opt back in to allow for dispensaries and consumption sites.

Sundquist said the city can regulate the time, location and manner in how marijuana is dispensed in the city, which would fall under the city’s zoning laws. He said the state law already regulates how close dispensaries and consumption facilities can be located to schools and places of worship. He added even if the city opts out of allowing dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities, recreational marijuana use and possession will still be legal within the city.

The state will impose a 13% tax on the purchase of pot in a municipality, with 9% going to the state, 3% going to the municipality and 1% to the county, Sundquist said.

In recent months, several towns and villages in Chautauqua County have

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