Town and village of Clayton ban marijuana dispensaries, nearby Orleans has no plans to follow suit – NNY360

CLAYTON — The village on Monday night moved to bar any marijuana dispensaries or consumption lounges from opening within its borders.

Since the state Legislature passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on March 31, officials in towns, cities and villages across the state have debated whether to opt out of the section of the law allowing dispensaries and smoking lounges.

In Clayton, village and town officials have the same reasons for opting out — the laws and regulations are still too unclear.

At Monday’s village meeting, village Police Chief Kevin Patenaude spoke in favor of the decision to opt out of the dispensaries. The village can revoke the law to ban the dispensaries at any time in the future but only has until Dec. 31 to pass the law if they wish to keep dispensaries away.

Chief Patenaude said the village can, if so desired, end the prohibition once the as-yet-unestablished Office of Cannabis Management develops the finer points of marijuana policy in New York.

Mayor Norma J. Zimmer said she asked Chief Patenaude to speak at Monday’s meeting as his department will be the one to enforce any marijuana laws in the village.

“I think it’s good to get a professional opinion when

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