The town of Pittsford has become the latest Monroe County municipality to block the establishment of cannabis dispensaries and lounges.
Board members on Wednesday voted 3-2 to direct the state Office of Cannabis Management to not issue dispensary and lounge licenses in town. Municipalities are allowed to take that step under the state law that legalized adult-use marijuana, as long as they act by Dec. 31.
Consequently, the matter is being hotly debated in cities, towns, and villages across the state.
“Many of our residents have followed this matter closely,” Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith said in a statement. “Since I’ve been supervisor I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a volume of public comment as we had on marijuana legalization. Public comments received for the public hearing and for our previous public forum on this subject were overwhelmingly against marijuana dispensaries and lounges in Pittsford.”
Smith and Town Board member Kate Munzinger, both of whom are Republicans, and Stephanie Townsend, a Democrat, voted in favor of the measure to block cannabis-related businesses. Democrats Kevin Beckford and Kathy Koshykar voted against it.
Pittsford joins several other local towns in rejecting dispensaries and lounges. Gates, Sweden, Hamlin, and Clarkson have also passed laws blocking the businesses.