The Village of Clinton Board hosted a public hearing last Monday evening to discuss public opinion regarding opting-in or opting-out of the Marijuana legislation.
The majority of residents who attended the meeting were unfavorable to any implementation of Marijuana dispensaries, areas of designated use, and grow sites/greenhouses.
Mary Beth King spoke first, saying she was trepidations about allowing a dispensary in the Village and she didn't see the benefits of approval.
Village of Clinton Mayor Elizabeth Tantillo said the major benefit would be the sales tax revenue, but that she didn't recognize any further benefits herself after that. King responded she was concerned about marijuana trickling into the high school environment.
Donna McHugh said she felt a dispensary would serve the community and felt people should be given the same benefit for marijuana as they're given for alcohol. She added she respected the concern of people regarding the potential issues of its approval but the cost of purchase would be a deterrent from marijuana ending up in the wrong place.
She said since New York state has authorized it, then it's a decision the Village should go with….