Niskayuna opts out of cannabis dispensaries – The Daily Gazette – The Daily Gazette

NISKAYUNA — There won’t be any cannabis dispensaries in Niskayuna in the near future.

The Town Board voted Wednesday on a local law opting out of allowing the facilities in the municipality.

The vote was 4-0 for the local law. Board member John Della Ratta was absent from the meeting.

The local law prohibits, for the time being, any cannabis dispensaries — along with on-site consumption locations — in town. The town will still have the option to opt back in at any time. 

The resolution is subject to permissive referendum, meaning a resident could request a public vote within the next 30 days on the matter. 

Only two residents offered comments on the topic during a public hearing. 

“As yet the state has not released guidance about the regulations controlling the licensing process or operational practices,” said Jeanne Sosnow, the president of the Niskayuna Community Action Program. “It makes sense to give yourselves the time necessary to make the best decision for Niskayuna and the community by opting out now.” 

She said regardless of what people’s opinions are on adult consumption of cannabis, many would agree that children shouldn’t consume the drug. Having the town opt out sends

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