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Niagara County names panel to study opting out of legal pot

The Niagara County Legislature appointed a committee Tuesday to discuss whether the county should opt out of any recreational marijuana legalization bill the State Legislature may pass.

The bill proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would allow counties as well as cities with populations over 100,000 to continue banning marijuana growing or retail sales.

Legislator Jesse P. Gooch, R-Wheatfield, who will chair the committee of nine officials, said he would like to hold two or three public meetings on the issue.

"It is imperative that we hear from any interested parties and gather as much information as needed to make an informed and educated decision regarding the opt out provision, as well as the expected impact within our community," Gooch said in a news release.

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