Effort to opt out of pot dispensaries in Dunkirk town fails – Evening Observer

OBSERVER Photo by Anthony Dolce Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol (left), Town Clerk Rebecca Yacklon (middle), and Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro (right) take in Tuesday night’s meeting.

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The Dunkirk Town Board voted 3-2 in June in favor of crafting an opt out law required for local municipalities who do not wish to have marijuana dispensaries in its town or village.

Passing the law requires holding a public hearing, which the town did Tuesday afternoon. However, after hearing from the public, the board flipped its decision.

The Dunkirk Town Board came to a 2-2 voting split, which means that the town will not move forward with the law, as doing so would have required three votes.

Councilman Jay Bishop was not allowed to vote, as he attended the meeting over video conference, while New York state recently changed its regulations to not allow members attending meetings over video to vote.

A handful of members of the public showed up, with three of them showing their support for the town of Dunkirk to have dispensaries, with those in favor using personal examples as to why they feel this way.

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