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Getting answers on marijuana laws

Decisions regarding retail marijuana sales within their borders or to allow for sales are being made throughout municipalities in Chautauqua County and New York state. Some communities, such as the towns of Gerry and the village of Cassadaga, have already opted out of allowing these types of establishments.

Tonight, however, is a chance to hear both sides of the issue. At 7 p.m. in the Fredonia Opera House, a forum regarding marijuana laws will be held. Included in the panel discussion are: Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research with the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions; Penelope Hamilton Crescibene, executive director of WNY NORML; Brent Isaacson, chief, SUNY Fredonia University Police Department; and Melanie Witkowski, executive director, Prevention Works.

There is no charge for admittance to the forum. But if you do attend, facial coverings are required.

Most municipalities have until Dec. 31 to decide on what avenue to take regarding the regulations. Doing nothing means an acceptance while localities that wish to opt out must decide by the end of 2021.

Everyone has an opinion on this topic — there is no in between. Tonight’s event, however, should answer some questions.

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