17 towns and villages in Erie County have opted out of pot shops and consumption sites

Erie County

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Opt in or opt out? That’s the decision many towns, villages and cities will soon need to make when it comes to marijuana sales in their area.

The deadline is this Friday. If they don’t make a decision, they will be automatically be rolled into the state’s program, which will allow for recreational marijuana dispensaries in their area.

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There are 42 towns, villages and cities within Erie County. If you live in a municipality that has opted out, you can still get home delivery.

17 towns and villages in the county have opted out of both dispensaries and consumption sites, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Those places include the following:

  • Village of Akron
  • Village of Alden
  • Town of Aurora
  • Town of Brant
  • Town of Clarence
  • Town of Colden
  • Town of Collins
  • Town of Elma
  • Village of Gowanda
  • Town of Holland
  • Town of Lancaster
  • Town of Marilla
  • Town of Newstead
  • Town of North Collins
  • Village of Orchard Park
  • Town of Wales
  • Village of Williamsville

There are a total of 1,518 municipalities in New York. Across the entire Empire State, 588 municipalities have opted out of dispensaries and 670 have opted out of consumption sites.

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