Residents weigh in on permitting marijuana dispensaries on Grand Island – Niagara Frontier Publications
Metro Creative Connection
Sat, Sep 25th 2021 10:50 am
By Alice E. Gerard
Kelly Gast enjoys participating in athletic and long-distance endurance events. She is a mountain climber, and she teaches and practices yoga.
“I choose to live a healthy lifestyle,” Gast said via Zoom at the Sept. 20 Grand Island Town Board meeting. “I try to take care of myself as holistically as possible. I don’t drink alcohol, although I don’t shame those who do. I suffer from inflammatory conditions, along with chronic migraines. To control them sometimes requires an obscene amount of ibuprofen and prescription medications that wreak havoc on my liver. I recently turned to cannabis, in either edible or capsule form, to provide me with great relief.”
New York state towns, villages and cities, until Dec. 31, 2021, have the option of passing a local law opting out of allowing adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or facilities permitting on-site consumption of cannabis within their jurisdictions. If a municipality chooses to opt out, it has the option of opting in at a later date. If the community does not enact opt-out legislation by the deadline, it cannot opt out at a later date,