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LAKE PLACID – No members of the public appeared during two public hearings on two proposed cannabis laws on Monday, but a resident spoke on the matter after the public hearings concluded.

The Lake Placid village board held the public hearings as the board prepared to reject cannabis dispensaries and licenses for local use in the village.

“We intend to hold this public hearing and to opt out, understanding that within a month – if the timing is perfect – we will allow it to do so in the March elections, leaving the voters to decide what happens , “ Mayor Art Devlin said Monday.

When recreational cannabis use was legalized nationwide in March, communities were given the opportunity by December 31st to pass local laws that automatically deny cannabis dispensaries and licenses for on-site use.

Unlike city governments, village governments have the option of opting out and then putting their cannabis laws to a vote. This is the process that the village council decided last month. Devlin has repeatedly said that the village council wants the final decision on cannabis to be left to Lake Placid voters.

No members of the community were present at the online hearings on Monday or in the town hall of North Elba. A local resident, Martin Shubert, spoke after the public hearings concluded. He spoke out in favor of participation.

Public hearings are a required first step before the village council can vote to reject the cannabis dispensaries and licenses. The board held a public hearing on the laws on November 15, but after technical difficulties at the start of the meeting preventing the public from attending the meeting practically in time for the public hearing, the board decided to hold a second round of the Hearings on December 6th. Two Lake Placid residents spoke online via GoToMeeting at the first hearing on Nov. 15, and one of those residents, Shubert, returned to speak online at the end of the meeting on Monday. While the public hearing was closed at this point, Devlin invited resident Shubert to speak on cannabis laws.

Shubert said Monday that he believes the income from cannabis sales could be beneficial to Lake Placid, comparing the income expenses that the village could bring in with income from the Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Lake Placid, which he believes are income from bring neighboring cities. The Lake Placid DMV is owned by Essex County, not the village, but it generates revenue for the county. Prior to opening, many Lake Placid residents used the DMV office in Saranac Lake, which generates revenue for Franklin County rather than Essex County.

A 13% tax is levied on the sale of marijuana products. Of this, 9% goes to the state, 3% to the local government where the sale took place, and 1% to the county where that local government is located.

Shubert said he believed pharmacies would regulate the quality of cannabis more and control the ages of people who have access to cannabis – people must be at least 21 years old to buy cannabis products.

Next Steps

The board is expected to pass local laws that will rule out cannabis dispensaries and licensing local use in the village “Sometime in December” according to Devlin and village attorney Janet Bliss.

Bliss advised the board to pass local laws and turn them down on December 20, the next board meeting.

If the board votes on the opt-out law as discussed at its December 20th meeting, the board will have 30 days to pass a resolution that will put the laws to a vote in accordance with local law. The last possible day for a resolution would be January 19, 2022, two days after the second board meeting in January. Once the resolution is approved, the board has 60 days to put the law to a vote – until March 18, 2022 if the board acts at its December 20 and January 17 meetings.

The board plans to put both laws on the ballot in the village’s special election in March 2022, when voters will elect a new city council to replace Jason Leon, who was recently elected to North Elba city council. The special elections are to take place on March 15, 2022, says village clerk Anita Estling.

The special elections are only within the 60-day timeframe if the board initiates the opt-out vote on December 20th. There are 56 days between January 17th and March 15th.

Explore future scenarios

Leon urged the board to consider what could happen if the law is repealed by the referendum results.

Devlin said if the state decided that a pharmacy could come into the village, the board of directors could examine the zoning laws. In these circumstances, Bliss advised the board of directors to consider making changes to the village’s land use law to restrict or restrict the company’s operations.

The Cannabis Control Board, a government body that oversees the licensing, cultivation, production, distribution, sale, and taxation of cannabis in the state, has the power to grant or revoke pharmacy and local consumption licenses to companies . Under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, local zoning laws can restrict where these businesses can operate. The village could also enact local laws setting time, location, and type restrictions for on-site pharmacies and consumption lounges.

Leon said he also asked questions about changes to the land use law to the North Elba city administration, which has not yet passed a local law denying cannabis dispensaries or licensing of local consumption in the city. At the moment, the majority of the Nordelbas board is against opting for local consumer lounges in the city; the board is more divided on whether or not to opt out of pharmacies in town. The North Elba City Council is expected to vote on the laws at its December 14th meeting, just after public hearings on its laws.

Bliss said the village would not receive cannabis revenue from the city unless the city decided against cannabis dispensaries. If the village’s opt-out laws are overturned in a public referendum and pharmacies come to the village, Bliss said the village would split the cannabis revenues 50-50 with the city.

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