LAKEWOOD – Leaders in Lakewood are slated to discuss opting out of permitting marijuana dispensaries and consumption locations in the village during tonight’s monthly meeting.
According to the Village of Lakewood’s meeting agenda, officials will consider their options moving forward.
Lawmakers have until the end of December to opt-out of allowing cannabis related activity in the village.
New York State legalized recreational marijuana earlier this year following the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.
The act allows marijuana sales to people over the age of 21, and automatically expunged records of people with past convictions for marijuana-related offenses.
It also created a new agency called the Office of Cannabis Management. The agency will establish guidelines and issue licenses for marijuana farming, processing, distribution, dispensaries and even retail consumption sites.
So far, there has been both positive and negative feedback on legalization, with some critics like State Senator George Borrello saying the legislation is flawed.
Others locally, like Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sudquist, look to take advantage of the new business sector by petitioning new marijuana business to set up shop in the area.