BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Local business owners and executives have mixed opinions about the advancement of legal marijuana in the state. The Cannabis Control Board held its first meeting on Tuesday.

Victor Cracknell, owner of The Greener Mile smokehouse in West Seneca, said he was happy with how the first meeting went.

“I also like that ethics seemed to be paramount in business, a word that has been lost in many companies and many industries and is extremely important in that industry,” he said.

The first public meeting of the New York State Cannabis Control Board takes place

He said he likes the pace at which things are moving and hopes to get a license to sell recreational marijuana by next year.

In their first meeting, the five members of the Cannabis Control Board approved 21 potential executives for the Office of Cannabis Management and approved the entire flower as a medicinal cannabis product.

They also waived the $ 50 medical marijuana registration fee for patients and caregivers, and authorized these groups to receive 60-day care instead of 30-day care.

But not everyone thought the meeting was productive, including Senator George Borrello. He said the meeting was disappointing and that there was still a lot to be done.

“They still have a cannabis control board that is still in its infancy and has one more rule to regulate what the legal sale of recreational marijuana and the cultivation of recreational marijuana in New York state will be like,” said Borello.

Borrello proposed a bill to extend the number of times municipalities have to de-register from pharmacies by one year. Currently, cities must decide by December 31 of this year, or they will be automatically enrolled.

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Lancaster City Warden Ronald Ruffino held a public hearing on the matter Monday night. He said there were opinions on both sides but the city was already preparing zoning regulations to prepare for the opt-in option.

“Before the public hearing, I think the consensus was to opt out, but after listening to some residents, I think there will be a little more roundtables. It is an educational process that we have to learn in order to make the right decision. “