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BLOOMINGDALE — The St. Armand town board is planning to opt out of allowing retail cannabis shops for now, and possibly opt back in later — but some residents say they believe this is unnecessary.

The board and the public discussed the town’s cannabis law plans at a public hearing Tuesday night, where the board voted 3-1 to introduce a law opting out. It will vote on whether to pass the law itself in two weeks and will hold another public hearing before that meeting.

Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller said she wants to keep the town open to allowing cannabis dispensaries, so the town can collect the tax revenue from cannabis sales, but she also wants to ban on-site consumption licenses and regulate where dispensaries can open. She feels the best thing for the town to do is opt out now and create a local law opting in with restrictions next year.

When the state legalized recreational, adult-use cannabis earlier this year, it gave local governments a one-time chance to opt out of allowing dispensaries and issuing on-site consumption licenses.

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