LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees hosted a public hearing on cannabis Monday, but because of technical difficulties at the beginning of the meeting, the board will host a second public hearing at their next meeting on Dec. 6.

The board has until Dec. 31 to opt out of allowing cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses in the village. The board agreed to start the process at their Nov. 1 meeting, more than six months after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults. The law gave municipalities the option of opting out of allowing dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses by the end of the year. If municipalities don’t take steps to opt out, they will automatically be opted in. A public hearing is required before the board can pass a local law opting out.

The board scheduled a public hearing for the cannabis law for 5 p.m. on Monday. No one was present for the hearing in person. While village meetings are digitally accessible through the GoToMeeting streaming platform, people who attempted to show up virtually to the live stream couldn’t access the meeting for the first 20 minutes of the session, so they were unable to comment during the public hearing at first.

Once the technical issue was fixed, the board reopened the public hearings for two citizens who tuned in to comment during the hearing.

Lake Placid resident Martin Shubert said he wanted the village to opt in to dispensaries so the village could take advantage of the revenue from cannabis sales. There will be a 13% tax on sales of marijuana products — with the state giving a 3% cut to municipalities and 1% cut to counties who opt in.

Lake Placid resident Kate Thomspon encouraged the board to opt out of dispensaries over concerns about the lack of local resources available to help village police enforce the law. She said she thinks it would be advantageous to watch what happens in other communities that decide to opt in to dispensaries. Devlin said that local law enforcement would have little to do with dispensaries since those licenses would be obtained and regulated through the state.

Regarding on-site consumption licenses, Thompson said she had the same concerns with on-site consumption licensing as she did with dispensaries. No one else spoke about the licenses.

Mayor Art Devlin said that the board wanted to opt out and instead place the law on the March ballot, when village voters will elect a new trustee to replace Jason Leon, who will start his term as a North Elba town councilor in January.

“Whatever the voters decide (in March) is what we’ll do,” Devlin said Monday. “We just felt … there are some decisions that are bigger than the board, and since we have this unique opportunity, we would put it to the voters and let them make the decision.”

While the digitally inaccessible portion of the Monday meeting was recorded and posted to Youtube on Tuesday, the board’s microphone was muted for the duration of the recording.

The board’s second public hearing for the cannabis law is slated for 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, and Devlin said the board will vote on the law at their Dec. 20 meeting.

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