Board recommends Mina opt out on allowing pot dispensaries – Evening Observer

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By David Prenatt

editorial@post-journal.com

FINDLEY LAKE — After five months of “frustrating” research, members of the Mina Planning Board attended the regular meeting of the Mina Town Board recently and recommended that the town opt out of allowing marijuana retail sales.

“It appears the state is forcing towns to make a quick decision, which we feel is not the best thing to do,” said Kris Gleason, planning board chairperson. “We recommend the town to wait; right now we feel it is the wrong time.”

The planning board began studying the issue April 12 when Mina Supervisor Rebecca Brumagin asked them to review it, Gleeson said. She noted that the law involves four areas: retail dispensaries, on-site consumption, where individuals can smoke, and personal cultivation regulations.

However, the study was no easy task, Gleason said. Board members researched the matter for five months, including five meetings of the board which entailed 10 to 112 hours of discussion, she said.

The problem was that the state had initiated very few regulations regarding cannabis, Gleason said. In fact, the state Cannabis Control Board was just created a few weeks ago.

“There was just no way of obtaining

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