No. 7: Waverly pot dispensary law moves to public vote – Morning Times
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Dec. 30, 2021 edition. You can find the full article in Thursday’s print edition or online at www.morning-times.com.
WAVERLY — After months of discussion and debate, a heated public hearing, and numerous barbs amongst board members, the end of the marijuana dispensary saga in the Village of Waverly was in sight this week.
And while the final board vote was made, the smoke is still not cleared.
Village trustees on Tuesday voted 4-3 to officially pass a local law banning cannabis dispensaries from opening their doors in the municipality. Voting in favor of the law were trustees Jerry Sinsabaugh, Kyle Burns, Kevin Sweeney and Kasey Traub. Voting against the law were trustees Andy Aronstam and Keith Correll, as well as Mayor Patrick Ayres.
One of the reasons some trustees voted for the law — namely Sinsabaugh and Traub — was to encourage the matter to be subject to a permissive referendum. That referendum would need to be filed by a village citizen and, if the referendum — essentially, a petition — garnered signatures from 20 percent of the registered local voters, then the law would be put on the ballot