By LAURIE STUART
ELDRED, NY — No one’s lining up to open a dispensary in Highland yet.
However, if someone is fortunate enough to get one of the first-round New York State licenses to open an adult-use cannabis retail dispensary, Highland is ready for them.
A new law, adopted on January 3, lays out where a dispensary can or cannot be located.
“The key word here is ‘cannot.’ Where it cannot be located,” said Kevin Schwenzfeier from the Laberge Group, who presented the law at a public hearing held that evening.
Laberge has been consulting with the board’s code committee—councilmembers Fred Bosch and Chris Tambini—to develop the legal and procedural processes that come as a result of the town’s 2021 decision to allow a dispensary in town. The new law does not allow for onsite consumption places, from which the town opted out, and does not regulate medical marijuana.
The local law and the presentation were straightforward and there was allowance of audience questions and feedback throughout the presentation. By the hearing’s end, there were three residents in attendance. Deputy highway superintendent Robert Robertson was present and on the board’s workshop agenda, which was scheduled after the reorganizational meeting, which