CLINTON — The village board voted Monday to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries and consumption establishments within the village.
Clinton was among the 400 towns and villages across the state to opt out of hosting dispensaries and on-site consumption lounges as the deadline for a decision approaches on Dec. 31. In Oneida County, Oneida Castle, Vernon and Waterville, as well as the City of Sherrill and the Town of Lee, have voted to opt out as well.
Mayor Elizabeth C. Tantillo said the village held a public hearing on the marijuana legislation Nov. 22 at Kirkland Art Center, which was attended by about 30 residents.
“Fifteen people spoke on both sides of the issue, whether to opt out or in, and it was almost even,” said Tantillo. “But there was an interesting cross section of the village, and the board was all in attendance, so they were able to hear a variety of views.”
Then at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, there was a resolution on the agenda to discuss whether to opt out or in.
“If you’re opting in, you don’t need to do a board resolution, but we had one on the table” from a prior