Town Of Oswego Holds Town Hall On Marijuana Dispensaries, Consumption Sites – Oswego Daily News

The Town of Oswego held a Town Hall discussion on MRTA. Photo by Matt Watling.

OSWEGO TOWN– About two and a half months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to legalize cannabis in New York, the Town of Oswego held a town hall to hear from citizens of the town regarding the possibility of opting out of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).

Before the town hall yesterday, June 8, the attorney to the town board, Kevin Caraccioli, read resolution 2021-49, titled “Opting Out of the Adult Use Cannabis Retail Dispensaries and On-Site Consumption Sites.” The resolution itself was a draft and was not passed before or during the town hall.

According to Town Supervisor Richard Kaulfuss, the board decided to create a drafted resolution opting out as a way to start discussion and consider the control of dispensaries and consumption sites the town may have. After Caraccioli read the resolution, Kaulfuss read his statement discussing MRTA. He said that the town must consider what is good for itself in addition to its morals.

“The resolution by the Town of Oswego represents neither opposition nor acceptance of MRTA, but rather seeks to … ensure MRTA fits within the character and guidelines of the town,” Kaulfuss said.

Five members of the community spoke at the town hall yesterday with four denying support for the opt out. These rejecters included a trauma specialist, farmers and those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The first to speak, Fran Dellamano, has lived in Oswego since 1957, as he told the Town Board. He urged the board to consider allowing dispensaries more or less out of principle, as he just wants to improve the town.

“This marijuana deal, I don’t know if you can have a store here or not, but

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