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Petition Drive Puts Dispensaries on the Ballot Following Ban

Officials in a small New York town voted to opt out of the state’s new cannabis marketplace late last year.

Voters in an upstate New York town will get a chance to weigh in on recreational cannabis sales after local officials moved to ban them.

The Gorham town board voted to opt out of the state’s new recreational marketplace in December, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Critics had cited concerns over how the state would implement the new industry.

But the owners of a local deli spearheaded an effort to opt in and allow dispensaries in the small Finger Lakes community after all.

Chuck and Ann Marie St. George and other supporters collected enough signatures to force a vote either later this spring or in November.

Just more than half of New York municipalities have opted out of the cannabis market, although its largest cities are all on board.

The campaign is not the St. Georges’ first time affecting local policy: they helped overturn local alcohol restrictions nearly a decade ago.

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