Gorham voters opt to sell marijuana, overturning town councils act
GORHAM — Voters in Gorham voted Tuesday night against a City Council law refusing to allow the retail sale and consumption of cannabis in town.
This means that the on-site sale and consumption of cannabis will be allowed in town after all.
According to City Clerk Darby Perrotte, 153 votes were cast against the local opt-out law and 115 votes in favor.
Late last year, Gorham City Council voted 3-1 to refuse to license retail marijuana dispensaries and adult consumption sites, which are otherwise permitted by state law. New York State. The council had until December 31 to decide not to participate.
Due to Tuesday’s vote result, that local law is not being tabled and the issue of cannabis is not included in the general election ballot, according to Perrotte.
Ann Marie St. George, owner of St. George’s Grocery & Deli and Pizza Sangiorgi in Gorham, helped lead an effort to lobby for the public vote.
“What was really awesome was how many people kept thanking us for putting it out for a public vote,” St. George said. “That was pretty cool.”
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St. George said communities can benefit in several ways, including additional revenue and the promise of a safe product for consumers. Ontario County would receive 1% tax on gross revenue from cannabis sales and Gorham, along with other municipalities that allow it, would receive 3%. Proceeds would also go towards drug education and treatment programs.
The state’s share of marijuana sales is split three ways: 40% goes to education; 40% to a new Community Grant Reinvestment Fund; and the remaining 20% to drug treatment programs.
Now that Gorham is essentially listed, other towns in Ontario County remain excluded, including Bristol; Canandaigua; East Bloomfield; Farmington; Hopewell; Manchester; Naples; Richmond; Seneca; South Bristol; and West Bloomfield
The village of Shortsville opted out, with all other villages in the county allowing both sales and sites except for the village of Victor. The town and village of Victor allow dispensaries, but not consumption sites.
The city of Canandaigua authorizes dispensaries and not consumption sites. The city of Geneva allows both.
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