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Waterville Voters Decide On Cannabis Sales

Village of Waterville residents will vote next week on allowing sales and/or consumption of marijuana in designated businesses in the village.

Voters casting a ballot during the Tuesday, March 15 village elections will determine whether the village opts in or bypasses the new state laws allowing the sale of cannabis in allowed areas of the village. Sales cannot be done in a residential area or within certain distances of schools.

The same will also go for allowing someone to establish a business to provide a place for on-site sales and consumption. Marijuana must be the only product sold by the business.

The votes will be separate on the ballot.

Waterville residents will also choose two of the three candidates running for seats on the Village Board.

Jim Younes, the Republican candidate, and Brian Bogan, one of two Democratic candidates, are running for re-election. Also running is Democratic candidate Rob Perry, a former village trustee.

In two other area villages, elections will be much quieter.

In Clinton, incumbents Thomas Firsching and John Lauchert are running unopposed on the ballot for re-election.

The Village of Oriskany Falls also has two incumbents running for re-election unopposed on the ballot. Trustees Doug Smorol and Jean White are seeking new terms.

A change by the Village Board has established the terms for four years, so next year Oriskany Falls will have no seats up for election.

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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