Otsego County Community Members Draft Measure that would allow 22 Recreational Marijuana Establishments

Council members in the Village of Vanderbilt opted out, but a citizen initiated measure to allow establishments in town will go on the August election ballot

One Otsego County community is going back and forth about recreational marijuana establishments.

Citizens in the Village of Vanderbilt have drafted an initiative to allow more than 20 recreational marijuana establishments in town. It is going on the ballot in August.

The village council opted out of recreational marijuana earlier this month.

Since then, more than five percent of the Vanderbilt population that voted for governor has signed a petition for an initiative to allow 22 recreational marijuana establishments in town.

The measure would allow for the following kinds of establishments:

-Two marijuana safety compliance facilities

-Two marijuana secure transporters

-Five marijuana micro businesses (150 plants)

-Two marijuana retailers

-Two marijuana processors

-Three Class A marijuana growers (100 plants)

-Three Class B marijuana growers (1,000 plants)

-Three Class C marijuana growers (2,000 plants)

The resolution would also require the village clerk to establish registration applications within 60 days if it passes. It would also permit the council to adopt related police power and zoning regulations within 60 days if it passes.

Two village council members voted against opting out of recreational marijuana on March 4.

Ray Musall says allowing recreational marijuana in town is something the majority of the village wants.

“The majority was for it. It’s been decided to opt out, but now the village constituents are wanting to bring it back up,” said Musall.

Council members spoke with their lawyer in a special meeting on Thursday night. They brought up questions regarding zoning, compliance, legality, tax revenue and the August election, among other things.

During public comment, some people expressed that they were against recreational marijuana and that they didn’t want to see establishments in the community that is just one square mile large.

Musall says he wants to see Vanderbilt get ahead of the curve and invest in its future, not its old ways.

“We owe that to the youth to grow. We have to leave something behind besides just the same old,” said Musall.

Ballot language for the August vote needs to be finalized by May 14th.