Local business owners and leaders react to the first meeting of the Cannabis Control Board
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Business owners and local leaders have mixed feelings about the progress of legal marijuana in the state. The Cannabis Control Board held its first meeting on Tuesday.
Victor Cracknell, owner of The Greener Mile smokehouse in West Seneca, said he was happy with the way things went at the first meeting.
“I also like that the avant-garde seemed to keep ethics in business, which is kind of a word that has been lost in many companies and industries and in this industry, that is extremely important, ”he said.
He said he likes the pace at which things are moving and hopes to be cleared to sell recreational marijuana by next year.
At their first meeting, the five members of the Cannabis Control Board confirmed 21 potential senior executives for the Cannabis Management Office and approved the whole flower as a medical cannabis product.
They also waived the $ 50 registration fee for patients and caregivers for medical marijuana and allowed these groups to receive a 60-day supply, up from 30 days.
But not everyone felt the meeting was productive, including State Senator George Borrello. He said the meeting was disappointing and there was still a long way to go.
“You still have a Cannabis Control Board that is in its infancy and has yet to regulate a single rule on what the legal sale of recreational marijuana and the cultivation of recreational marijuana will look like. in upstate New York, ”Borello said.
Borrello has proposed a bill to extend by one year the number of times municipalities must withdraw from dispensaries. Currently, cities will have to decide by December 31 of this year or they will be automatically accepted.
Lancaster City Supervisor Ronald Ruffino held a public hearing on the matter on Monday evening. He said there were opinions from both sides, but the city is already preparing zoning bylaws to prepare for the possibility of participating.
“Before the public hearing, I think the consensus might have been to step aside, but after listening to some of the residents, I think it will be a bit more round tables. It is an educational process that we have to be educated to make an appropriate decision.
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