CASSADAGA — With the deadline looming on municipalities looking to opt out of having dispensaries, the Cassadaga Village Board agreed to table the issue to do more research on the benefits of such facilities, as well as possibly hear more from the community.
While the village can’t outlaw use of cannabis in the house or on private property, they can opt to not have dispensaries in the village, but they would lose out on the funding that comes from the tax generated from sales.
“I think the cities are naturally going to have them,” said village attorney Joseph Calimeri. “They won’t want to miss out on the revenue, but the smaller, self-sufficient villages and towns might not.”
Despite being forced to make a decision soon, there are a lot of questions that remain for the village and other municipalities. There is no defined THC limit on what is allowed, as currently it is only measured by the weight.
“The other issue I haven’t been able to find an answer for is, let’s say you opt out, and the board composition changes, and they want to opt in,” Calimeri said. “What’s the process for opting back in?”
In addition, Calimeri also added the issue of where it falls in the village zoning scheme.
“Are you going to put special limitations on zoning?” Calimeri asked, “because you could allow it and then make the zoning so difficult, you’re really just confining it to one spot. All of this is being thrown at the municipalities and there’s still a lot of uncertainty.”
Members of the board weren’t necessarily outright opposed to