The Cayuga Nation appears to be opening a cannabis dispensary at a former pizzeria in Union Springs — a development the village tried to prevent through a zoning change it adopted last year.
Display cases and cannabis leaf wallpaper can be seen through the windows of 123 Cayuga St., the former Gus’s Pizzeria. The nation’s governing council purchased the building in May for $225,000, according to Cayuga County property records. The nation did not respond to questions about its plans for the building sent by The Citizen to its public relations firm, Levick.
The nation already sells cannabis at its Lakeside Trading business on the northern edge of the village. Confining the nation’s cannabis sales to the gas station was the goal of a local law the village board passed in July prohibiting dispensaries everywhere else in Union Springs. Lakeside Trading was made part of a new highway commercial zoning district where they are permitted.
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