A public hearing by the Montgomery Village Board on whether or not to opt out of the state’s new cannabis law has been adjourned until December 21.
The hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday December 7, was advanced by 24 hours after the board, at a special meeting last Thursday, rescheduled the board meeting and public hearing for Monday, December 6.
But at Monday’s public hearing, Attorney William Frank warned the board that because the public had not been given adequate notice of the change in the schedule, the hearing would have to continue on December 21, the next regularly-scheduled board meeting.
As of Tuesday morning, the notice for a December 7 hearing was still on the Village of Montgomery website, with no mention of it being rescheduled for the 6th. It was a source of friction between resident Don Berger and Mayor Steve Brescia.
“I got here early because I had a feeling you guys were going to do this,” Berger said.
The mayor said he resented the implication that something clandestine was going on.
If the village decides to opt out of the state’s new law permitting retail sales of marijuana, it must do so by December 31. It would then be able to opt back in at a later date. If the board takes no action by the end of the year, the sale of marijuana products would automatically become legal in the village.
The hearing was adjourned until Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m.