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Joe Kelly, owner of several Whitehall businesses, talked to Washington County Board of Supervisors during Friday's meeting in Fort Edward. 

FORT EDWARD — Whitehall business owner Joe Kelly asked Washington County Board of Supervisors on Friday to consider selling recreational marijuana in liquor stores when it becomes legal.

“Please, educate yourself and let’s get in on the tax dollars,” said Kelly, explaining the various tax incentives. “If its sold in the liquor stores, they are all Mom and Pops, and it will stay with small businesses rather than become commercialized.”

Kelly explained that if legal recreational marijuana is sold in liquor stores, more tax dollars would come into the county because if the state restricts sales to medical marijuana dispensaries, there are none located in the county.

“The closest one is in Albany,” he said.

Several supervisors asked Kelly questions about the issue, including how much it might cost and the tax percentage to the county.

Kelly said as far as he knew, 2 percent would stay local and 4 percent would go to the county.

In an earlier interview, Kelly said that he had been contacting county supervisors about this issue.

“I don’t want to be blocked by my county,” he said. “I am tired of losing out.”

Kelly owns Big Foot Wine and Liquor in Whitehall.

Caregiver support funds available

Washington County caregivers may be eligible for a few hours relief to go to the grocery story or run errands.

The Washington County Office for the Aging and Disability Resource Center offers non-medical personal care assistance for caregivers.

To be eligible for some respite from caregiving, the care receiver must need help with at least two activities of daily living, like shaving, dressing, walking or eating.

For more information, call the NY Connect line at 518-746-2578, Mon. through Fri., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

County vans go to meal delivery program

Two Washington County surplus car pool vans will go to Community Work and Independence Inc., as part of their compensation for the home delivered meals program.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the resolution during Friday’s board meeting.

After the vehicles are replaced in the county fleet, CWI will receive a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 133,551 miles and a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan with 137,731 miles.

According to the county, revenue at auction would have been approximately $5,000 each.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.


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