Gorham special election for marijuana sales, consumption set

GORHAM, NY — It will be several more months before Gorham voters decide if the town shall allow retail sales and consumption sites for marijuana. A special election will either overturn or let stand the Town Board decision last December to opt out of New York state’s allowance for sales and sites for adult use of the drug.

On the marijuana decision — “It’s not Cheech and Chong behind the counter,” said local grocery store owner Ann Marie St. George, referring to the 1970s comedy duo depicting hippies and liberal marijuana use.

“We have seasonal businesses, tourism, million-dollar homes,” said St. George, co-owner of St. George’s Grocery & Deli and Pizza Sangiorgi in Gorham. Allowing marijuana sales and consumption sites in the town “is like Neiman Marcus selling jewelry,” she said.

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