click to enlarge FILE PHOTO Cannabis flower for sale on a dispensary shelf. While the Irondequoit Town Board held a public hearing Tuesday night on a measure that would opt Irondequoit out of cannabis retail, the board’s members ultimately voted for the exact opposite.
After Tuesday’s hearing, where the vast majority of speaker supported the town opting in to cannabis retail and on-site consumption establishments, Town Board member Patrina Freeman introduced two motions, one to allow dispensaries and the other to allow on-site consumption. Both measures passed 3 to 1, with Freeman, board member Peter Wehner, and acting Supervisor John Perticone voting in favor of the measures and member Kimie Romeo voting against them.
Romeo had previously introduced legislation to opt out of dispensaries, bars, and lounges. She argued that it was the only way to get public input on the issue and board members agreed — the public hearing they set for Tuesday was on Romeo’s proposal.
The discussion around the measures was very brief, and it stuck to technicalities. The most meaningful exchange came after Freeman made the motion to opt in, which is when the town attorney