CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Village Board has decided to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries and smoking dens within the village limits. This matter has been a topic of discussion for the Cassadaga Village Board for the last couple months, as the Dec. 31 opt out date loomed over the board.

The board held a public hearing at their last meeting on Aug. 11, as part of the requirements for passing any local law. That public hearing had a handful of people in attendance, and even upon resolution of the two local laws, the Cassadaga Village Board members were not strongly swaying one way or the other.

The decision to opt out was not made because the board had staunch opposition to smoking dens or dispensaries, rather because the guidance in place by the state leaves a lot to be desired. “There’s no definitions yet from the state,” said Trustee Bill Astry. “We don’t know what they’re going to do. They don’t know what they’re going to do. It seems foolish to leave ourselves open. We can opt back in at some point, but we can’t opt out.”

This reasoning Astry presented for opting

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