Scotia planners review cannabis dispensary proposal | Business – The Daily Gazette

SCOTIA — Two years after Scotia officials moved to allow cannabis-related businesses to open in the village, a proposal to operate a dispensary along Mohawk Avenue has been brought forward.

Jacob Koehler is hoping to convert the vacant building at 110 Mohawk Ave. into Scotia Flower — a cannabis growing, processing and retail facility, which would be the village’s first dispensary if plans are approved.

The building sits in the heart of the village next to the Scotia Diner, and just a short walk from the intersection with Ballston Avenue — one of the busiest intersections in Scotia.

Koehler’s family, which once operated Scotia Motors, owns the Scotia Diner and adjacent buildings at 106-110 Mohawk Ave. that are home to a number of small businesses, including Town and Country Skateboards and Weirdo Comics and Collectibles. The property at 102 Mohawk Ave. is also owned by Koehler’s family and is in the process of being converted into a restaurant.

The village’s Planning Board reviewed site plans for the proposed dispensary on Monday, where Koehler explained he is hoping to secure a microbusiness license that would allow him access to different portions of the state’s fledgling cannabis industry which has been stalled by litigation in recent

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