IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — Local village, town, and city leaders are in the process of making decisions regarding the legalization of marijuana in New York State. Each municipality has until the end of the year to make these decisions – including opting in or out of allowing dispensaries in town and public smoking restrictions.
Dave Seeley is the Irondequoit town supervisor. He said they won’t be opting out of allowing dispensaries in town for a few reasons.
“People are transient, if people want to obtain these products they’re gonna go get them, so it just makes sense not to have this swiss cheese approach where you’re skipping over municipalities. Borders are invisible, so the opting out to me never really made sense from a town to town point of view,” Seeley said.
However, he said there’s still a lot to consider including how many dispensaries they want in town and zoning laws.
“I think we can restrict it to certain areas of town to ensure it’s not only away from schools but away from places where youth congregate, away from directly adjacent to residential areas,” he said. “Ultimately our goal is not to have a high density in town, I