Will a pot dispensary or smoking lounge be coming to your neighborhood? – Buffalo News

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states on its website that the majority of those who use marijuana do not go on to use other harder substances, but that more research is needed to understand if it is a gateway drug.

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Pot shops and smoking lounges will become legal in New York under landmark legislation passed this week, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have one in your neighborhood soon – or ever.

“There are a lot of things to take into consideration,” Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said, adding, “I have not gotten one email or phone call on it since it was announced.”

Sales are not expected to start anywhere for 18 to 24 months, but one supervisor doesn’t need any more time to make up his mind.

“Our personal opinion here, and I can pretty much safely speak for the majority of the residents, the feeling is, in one word, what are they, nuts?” Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. said.

The law gives cities, towns and villages the ability to opt out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses. They can pass a local law by Dec. 31, but they can’t opt out of allowing people to use marijuana in their community. And someone can petition the local government for a referendum on sales and consumption.

Gingerich said the Town Board on Tuesday will consider a local law opting out of retail and consumption shops.

“We’re going to opt out on the retail, and if it was up to me we’d opt out on everything to do with it, the use of it, the cultivation of it,

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