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BLOOMINGDALE — The St. Armand town board on Tuesday chose to opt out of allowing cannabis businesses to open here — at least for now.
The town board’s 4-1 vote on the issue comes two weeks before the state’s Dec. 31 deadline for municipalities to make a decision on dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses.
Councilman Donald Amell cast the lone “no” vote, saying he’d rather do nothing and opt in to allowing dispensaries. He said last month he didn’t want to opt out and opt back in later because he was concerned it could scare away someone who would want to open a dispensary here.
At a hearing last month on the topic, some residents said they felt this path of opting out now and back in later was unnecessary. On Tuesday, other residents against the idea of cannabis being in town at all.
“Nothing good can come from this,” town resident Dale Gonyea said to the board. “It literally stinks.”
When the state legalized recreational, adult-use cannabis earlier this year, it gave local governments a one-time chance to opt out of allowing dispensaries and issuing on-site consumption licenses.