Massena village trustees allow dispensaries, ban on-site marijuana consumption establishments – NNY360

MASSENA — The Massena Village Board adopted a resolution authorizing cannabis dispensaries in the village, but not on-site consumption during its meeting on Tuesday. But two residents said they don’t want to see marijuana in the village at all.

Doris Robinson and Charles Boot shared their feelings during a public comment period of the board’s regular monthly meeting.

Ms. Robinson wondered if the state law regarding cannabis had been finalized, “all the ifs, ands and buts.”

“Yes. They even started to appoint a cannabis board,” Mayor Timothy J. Ahlfeld said. “The new governor started to appoint members to the cannabis board to move things forward. But the law’s been written.”

“I’m not in favor of it,” Ms. Robinson said.

Mr. Boots asked for clarification on dispensaries and on-site consumption establishments.

“Is that correct, to say you can’t use it on-site? You go to the store. You have to take it some place else?” he asked.

“Correct. That’s the law,” Mr. Ahlfeld said.

Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire said on-site consumption establishments would be similar to smoking or cigar lounge-type establishments.

“If we proceed with this local law, that would not be allowed. There would be no marijuana consumption sites,” Mr. LeBire said. So, what they do in their

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