After an emotional, extended debate the Corning City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to amend a chapter of the city code, entitled cannabis, matching Office of Cannabis Management’s adult-use final regulations.
The amendment allows the city Planning Commission to determine plans to open Union Chill Cannabis Company at 34 W. Pulteney St., in the former Corning Leader building, and Green Rush, at 90 E. Market St., which formerly housed Wine & Design.
Prior to the vote, Corning City Mayor Bill Boland said the resolution presents one question and one question only: Will the council bring its local law regulating cannabis use and sales into compliance with the state law?
The state cannabis law states a cannabis facility may not be within 500 feet, on the same road, of the nearest entrance building or playground equipment occupied exclusively as a public youth facility. The amendment adds the “on the same road or street” qualification, which was not included in the prior city regulations.