3 other CNY communities withdraw from retail marijuana sales; the public will have the last word

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Three other municipalities in central New York state are pulling out of retail marijuana sales, but they all leave the final decision to the public with a vote.

The city of Geddes follows the example of the city of Camille by voting to withdraw, then by scheduling a public vote in November. City supervisor Jerry Albrigo said the city had done its own research and believed it could legally demand a vote. The city plans to put it on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Camille’s village held a public hearing and then voted to withdraw as officials had to submit their information to the Onondaga County Election Board by Monday in order to put a public vote on the November ballot, officials said. from the village. This vote will decide what the village will do.

In the village of Minoa, the board of directors also plans to step down and then schedule a public vote for next March. The hearing and the vote to withdraw have not yet been scheduled.

The village of Cazenovia appeared to be among the first in New York to retreat.

On March 31, New York legalized recreational marijuana. Cities and towns cannot limit a resident’s right to own or consume weed. But communities have the power to prohibit retail outlets from selling pot.

Municipalities can pass local law refusing to allow pot dispensaries within their boundaries. If a local government does nothing, the community automatically participates in it. If he passes an opt-out law, it must be approved by December 31.

The village councils are the only ones who can choose themselves to submit the decision to a compulsory public vote. The village should first withdraw and then integrate the public vote into this law. This is not true for towns and villages.

But some cities – Camille and Geddes for example – think cities have power. They refer to Section 94 of the New York Consolidated Laws which says cities can request a mandatory referendum. This article says that a city council on its own initiative “may have any council resolution submitted against which a petition for a permissive referendum could be filed in accordance with city law” for voters’ approval.

Albrigo de Geddes said residents who have called his office or made comments so far do not want retail jar sales in their community. But city officials want the public to make the final decision.

“There are still a lot of questions, and there is still no monitoring board set up to oversee it,” he said. “And if we unsubscribe, we can always re-subscribe at any time.”

The village of Manlius voted earlier this month to withdraw from retail sales. The village council does not organize a public vote.

Officials in several other towns and cities in central New York City told Syracuse.com they are still thinking about what to do.

Elizabeth Doran covers education, government and suburban development, breaking news and more. A tip, a comment or a story idea? Contact her anytime at 315-470-3012 or by email [email protected]


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