CANTON — The village at the heart of the St. Lawrence County seat wants to hear from its constituents about recreational marijuana dispensaries under the state’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.
The village Board of Trustees during its Wednesday meeting scheduled a public forum to gauge Canton’s interest in permitting local marijuana retailers.
“I don’t really want to talk about opting out — or anything — until we’ve heard from the community,” Trustee Carol S. Pynchon said.
The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the municipal building, 60 Main St. A virtual participation option is also planned. Trustees cited probable August vacation plans among community members in their decision to push the hearing to September.
Should the village decide to opt out, village residents could petition for a referendum or the village could hold a referendum of its own volition. Otherwise, dispensaries would be allowed to open once the MRTA’s regulatory mechanisms are further developed.
Signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March, the MRTA legalized recreational marijuana sales and use for adults 21 and older. It immediately expunged previous marijuana-related convictions from New Yorkers’ records and established a framework for regulating businesses.
The law created the Office