FREDONIA – The Village of Fredonia will allow cannabis retail sales within village limits.
Trustees voted 4 to 0 against a resolution which would have prohibited Marijuana retail sales.
Under New York’s law legalizing cannabis, the lawmaking group has until December 31 to opt-out of allowing retail sales, however no municipality can completely outlaw use of the drug.
Several residents spoke to the Board of Trustees prior to the vote, some hoping they would take action and opt-out of sales, while others petitioned to allow this new industry to take shape.
This included Trustee EvaDawn Bashaw who says the group wanted to make a statement by drafting a law to prohibit sales, and then vote it down.
“We did decide to bring it back up so there could be a vote, and you knew where we stood,” explained Bashaw. “If you did read the law you’ll notice that it is based on population, and there is going to be only one dispensary in this town… New York State will control it anyway.”
A handful of towns and villages across Chautauqua County have decided to not allow recreational sales, however some governments, like the City of Jamestown, plan to take advantage of the new economy which is expected to generate a substantial amount of revenue statewide.