Lawmakers in Watertown voted to maintain retail marijuana retailers from opening within the northern NY city.
The town council opted Watertown out of New York’s new marijuana legalization regulation after a marathon public listening to Monday night time, according to WWNY-TV.
New York approved a legalization bill in March that can enable gross sales of recreational-use hashish. Gross sales are anticipated to start subsequent yr. However the state regulation permits native governments to move stricter guidelines on marijuana use and to ban retail dispensaries.
Twenty-six folks spoke on the listening to, most in favor of opting into the state regulation.
“I’m asking, why wouldn’t you need to preserve your whole metropolis residents who do smoke marijuana, give them a secure place to purchase marijuana, the place it’s managed?” Joanne Hughes requested.
Council members mentioned they needed extra steerage from Albany and famous they might nonetheless decide again in later.
Additionally, the general public can petition the council to carry a referendum.