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SHERMAN — Sherman area residents will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinion regarding the possibility of cannabis retail sales in the village.
After a public discussion session prior to its regular meeting on Oct. 6, the Sherman Village Board decided to send a survey to all residents. The questionnaire will be mailed soon with the water and sewer bills. However, village residency is not required for completion of the survey and trustees are seeking feedback from all stakeholders.
The survey asks the question: Should the village opt out of cannabis retail sales and on sight consumption? The survey letter reminds residents that “cannabis possession and consumption was legalized throughout New York state and that marijuana is legal to be smoked in all areas where smoking tobacco is permissible.”
Furthermore, “municipalities cannot opt out of commercial growth and legal personal growth, possession and consumption.”
Since each municipality must decide whether to allow retail dispensaries and on site consumption or opt out of allowing these activities, the village board is seeking input by means of the survey.
Several people attended the Oct. 6 discussion to voice their opinions regarding the issue. Jennifer Tewinkle