FINDLEY LAKE — After five months of “frustrating” research, members of the Mina Planning Board attended the regular meeting of the Mina Town Board recently and recommended that the town opt out of allowing marijuana retail sales.
“It appears the state is forcing towns to make a quick decision, which we feel is not the best thing to do,” said Kris Gleason, planning board chairperson. “We recommend the town to wait; right now we feel it is the wrong time.”
The planning board began studying the issue April 12 when Mina Supervisor Rebecca Brumagin asked them to review it, Gleeson said. She noted that the law involves four areas: retail dispensaries, on-site consumption, where individuals can smoke, and personal cultivation regulations.
However, the study was no easy task, Gleason said. Board members researched the matter for five months, including five meetings of the board which entailed 10 to 112 hours of discussion, she said.
The problem was that the state had initiated very few regulations regarding cannabis, Gleason said. In fact, the state Cannabis Control Board was just created a few weeks ago.
“There was just no way of obtaining information from the state about regulations,” she said.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act went into effect on March 31, creating “a comprehensive regulatory structure to oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp within New York state.”
Planning board member Pat Cuneo reiterated the difficulty the board faced in its research.
“Ours was a study in frustration,” he said. “What we found is that New York, although they passed a law in March, did not set up the regulations. I think it dawned on all of us that the risky move was to