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LAKE PLACID – North Elba City Council has scheduled a public hearing on cannabis for next month to get feedback from the community before councilors vote on whether or not to allow cannabis sales and on-site licenses to use the city.

The board agreed on Tuesday that the decision to hold a public hearing does not mean they take steps to opt out.

When recreational adult marijuana use was legalized in New York earlier this year, the state’s cannabis law gave municipalities the ability to prohibit the approval of dispensaries and / or consumption points within their borders. Cities, villages and towns have until December 31st to opt out for one or the other, otherwise they will be automatically signed in for both. The city council expects to vote on the law immediately after the public hearing on December 14th.

Youth and cannabis

Lake Placid Central School District superintendent Tim Seymour and Lake Placid resident and psychologist Ray Havlicek commented on the overwhelmingly negative effects of cannabis use on teens at the start of the city council meeting on Tuesday and asked the board to opt out of marijuana sales and licensing of consumption on site. No public hearing on the cannabis law was planned prior to the meeting. Mayor Jay Rand said Wednesday that Seymour asked if he could speak at the meeting, and Rand asked Havlicek if he was ready to speak too. Rand has said repeatedly that he is against allowing pharmacies and on-site licenses to use in the city.

Councilor Derek Doty said Tuesday he had no problem gathering any information the board could get before making a decision, but he said he was not clear about it “the direction between adolescents and an adult legal entity.”

Under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, it is illegal for pharmacies to sell cannabis products to anyone under the age of 21, and sellers can refuse to sell to anyone they believe is a minor or is buying for a minor.

Doty said he knows where he stands when it comes to approving licenses for on-site consumption – he doesn’t want those approved.

“I’m just struggling within myself with the difference between a regulated pharmacy where people are identified who go in and you have a way of knowing what is being consumed, as opposed to drug dealers and a product that is spoiled …”

“… and sold to children” Councilor Emily Politi added.

Doty said he likes that pharmacies are regulated with “Eyes” on them.

“This drug is going nowhere” he said. He added that he is reluctant to allow pharmacies in the city.

City Attorney Ron Briggs encouraged the board to hold a public hearing before voting.

Briggs said he did “Come on it” from a different perspective. He said alcohol is legal and he believes there has been at least one or two sexual assaults “Schools in the whole district” every year with “Binge-drinking girls, binge-drinking boys.” He said the THC levels in cannabis are increasing, and just as children find access to legal alcohol, so they might find access to legalized cannabis.

“I know it’s legal and I know it will happen, but I’m just asking this board to postpone your final decision to the public hearing, get the opinion of the community, let people in and speak to you at the public hearing, and in the end you decide yes or no “, said Briggs.

Politi said she sent papers to Briggs and elected officials showing that legalizing marijuana does not increase youth use. Briggs said he didn’t see the studies, but he sent a study to Politi that makes that connection. Politi said Briggs’ study was from 2014 and the studies she sent were more recent and rejected that evidence.

“The link between illegal teenage use and legal adult use … they make a connection that is not necessarily there.” said Politi.

Ask for public feedback

Rand said that at the meeting that evening, the board had to decide whether or not to take a decision to introduce a proposed local law to deny pharmacy approval and on-site use, which would require a public hearing. If the city wants to get out, a public hearing is required. The board agreed that they wanted more public input before voting.

The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees has taken steps to end the licensing of pharmacies and on-site uses with the aim of putting the law to a vote in March for voters to make the final decision. If the city council decides not to unsubscribe, it will not be able to put the issue to a vote. The only way to reverse the city’s decision is for residents to file a valid petition within 30 days of the board’s vote, forcing a public vote before the law goes into effect.

After a motion was filed to open a public hearing, but before the motion was approved, Politi made it clear that she didn’t want people to respond to the idea of ​​the city trying to unsubscribe.

“It’s more that we want to hear what you have to say one way or another.” She said.

The public hearing will take place on December 14th at 5 p.m., one hour before the city’s regular meeting.

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