City of Elmira opting-in to marijuana dispensaries, on-site consumption – RochesterFirst
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The City of Elmira will join the Villages of Bath and Watkins Glen as the handful of Southern Tier communities that will not opt-out of the pending marijuana laws allowing dispensaries and on-site consumption.
“We’re staying in,” confirmed Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell.
Elmira will be one of the few communities in Chemung County opting-in on both marijuana laws. The Village and Town of Horseheads decided to opt-out of the on-site consumption but will allow dispensaries.
In November Mandell told 18 News that it “wouldn’t make any sense for us to opt-out” as other communities went forward with declining dispensaries and on-site consumption.
Mandell said in discussions with local leaders and community members the support for marijuana is high due to the tax revenue benefits.
The Town of Elmira decided to opt-out of the marijuana laws, meaning the city would receive the full tax revenue if a dispensary were to open.
Mandell said it would “behoove” those who smoke marijuana to purchase it from a heavily regulated dispensary compared to on a street corner or the black market.
“The black market dealer, you don’t