Legal cannabis dispensaries and onsite consumption businesses — like cafes — will soon be welcome in the town of Homer.
Vendors can now officially apply for a license with their respective clerks offices.
When the state legalized full adult recreational use in September, it gave municipalities the option to opt out of permitting retail or in-house cannabis sales.
Town of Homer voters approved their proposition during the most recent general election. Board members agreed they wanted to leave the choice up to constituents.
Some governments, including the village, had already addressed the matter themselves. In June, the Board of Trustees decided to allow dispensaries; but not onsite consumption venues.
This will be a key consideration for applicants who want to open up under the latter business model, with relatively vague borders dividing the town and village.
Here’s how the tally turned out in Homer:
“Should Proposed Local Law no. 3 of the Town of Homer, which will prohibit marijuana dispensaries and consumption sites anywhere in the town outside of the village, be allowed to become law?
- Yes – 563 (45.55%)
- No – 673 (54.45%)**
**In this case, because of wording in the proposal, a “No” vote meant prohibition should not become law, and thus cannabis shops should be allowed.
A similar proposition in the village of McGraw will come down to absentee ballots.
Unofficial results thus far show a dead-even split on the issue:
“”Do you approve of the opting out of the licensing and establishing retail Cannabis dispensaries and/or on site
Cannabis consumption establishments within the Village of McGraw?”
- Yes – 70 (50%)
- No – 70 (50%)
By law, absentees can’t be opened until one week after Election Day, meaning results will be certified on Tuesday, November 9.