The Cortlandville Town Board approved a local law Wednesday to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption.
The board voted in two parts, 4-1, in favor of opting out of allowing dispensaries, with Douglas Withey being the dissenting vote, and 5-0 opting out of allowing on-site consumption sites.
Recreational marijuana was legalized in March for adults 21 or older in New York, but municipalities were given the option of opting out of allowing dispensaries within their borders.
Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to opt out of allowing dispensaries.
Cortlandville Town Attorney John DelVecchio said Wednesday that once a municipality opts out, it can opt back in and allow sales at a later time. However, if a municipality takes no action, it will automatically be allowed to have marijuana dispensaries and can’t opt out afterward.
Another option, having town voters decide during the November general election, wouldn’t be possible as DelVecchio said it was past the deadline to get a referendum on the ballot.
Before the vote, Withey asked what the estimated loss of sales tax for Cortland County would be if the town decided to opt out.
Town Supervisor Tom Williams said the county