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Lake George plans informational meeting in September on whether to permit marijuana sales

Lake George plans informational meeting in September on whether to permit marijuana sales

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Lake George plans informational meeting in September on whether to permit marijuana sales

Crowds fill sidewalks on Canada Street in the village of Lake George on Memorial Day. Mayor Robert Blais said he plans to hold an informational meeting in September about whether the village should permit marijuana sales.

LAKE GEORGE — Village of Lake George Mayor Robert Blais plans to hold an informational meeting in September to get the public’s input on whether the village should allow recreational marijuana sales.

The state in April legalized use of marijuana for people age 21 and older. The law will allow the sale of the drug at retail shops called dispensaries and also at marijuana cafes and lounges.

However, local municipalities can opt out of marijuana sales. They have to decide by the end of the year. Those that opt out would not receive any of the sales tax revenue.

Blais said he has already received some letters from a couple of businesses saying that they would like to be able to sell the product. He also had two emails and one letter from people opposed to marijuana sales.

“Other than that, I haven’t had much comment from people generally in the village one way or another on it. It would be good to hold a meeting to see what the feeling of the people is,” he said.

Blais would like to schedule the meeting at the fire station in order to accommodate everyone.

The people who were opposed to the marijuana sales said they do not believe it fits in with the village’s image, according to Blais.

“We have been a very popular family resort, and they didn’t feel as selling cannabis was in keeping with our family atmosphere,” he said.

Blais said communities are able to regulate where people can smoke it. For example, the village bans smoking in Shepard Park around the playground and amphitheater.

Michael Goot covers politics, crime and courts, Warren County, education and business. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com.

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