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Penn Yan motion to opt out of marijuana sales dies before a vote

This week, a resolution to opt out of cannabis sales in the village of Penn Yan died before it even made it to a vote.

The measure, which would have created a local law effectively preventing from cannabis-related businesses in the village failed to get a second after being introduced.

There were six issues, which were part of a public hearing held in September. They ranged from the issues connected to opting out, to the economic impact of such a decision.


By the time Village Trustee Ray Spencer made a motion to introduce the resolution – he was met with silence. This came after a lengthy explanation about the process by Penn Yan’s village attorney.

So far, the towns of Benton and Jerusalem, as well as village of Dresden opted out. All others have either opted in or delayed action until next month.

Law enforcement officials in the Southern Tier have argued that opting out is the ‘safe’ route to take. This to give local leaders the opportunity to see what state action looks like in terms of legislating and governing cannabis sales and use across New York.



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