Zoning suggestion for Marijuana clinics


Memorandum

To:                   Members of the Planning Board

From:               Sarah Raposa, Town Planner

Date:                January 18, 2013

Re:                   Medical Marijuana Dispensary Zoning

For your consideration:

To amend the Zoning Bylaw for the purpose of regulating the locations of medicinal marijuana facilities to create a new section “5.4.4.10.a” after section 5.4.4.10 so that it reads as follows:

  Use

A

R-E

R-T

R-S

R-U

B

B-I

I-E

5.4.4.10.a Medical marijuana treatment center (as defined by MGL)

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

SP

Summary –

The intent of this bylaw amendment is to address possible adverse public health and safety consequences related to the passage of  Question 3 on the November 6, 2012 State Referendum. It is the purpose of this amendment to minimize any potential adverse impacts on the quality of life in the Town.  It is the intent of this bylaw amendment to establish specific zoning standards and regulations for medical marijuana centers (treatment and dispensing facilities), medical marijuana infused products, medical marijuana paraphernalia, etc;

To provide for the limited establishment of Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities in appropriate places and under strict conditions in acknowledgment of the passage of Initiative Petition 11-11 (Question #3 on the November, 2012 state ballot);

To minimize the adverse impacts of Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities on adjacent properties, residential neighborhoods, schools and other places where children congregate, local historic districts, and other land uses potentially incompatible with said  Facilities;

To regulate the siting, design, placement, safety, monitoring, modification, and removal of Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities; and

To limit the overall number of Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities in the Town to what is essential to serve the public necessity.

* The Board of Selectmen have requested a joint meeting to discuss this proposal.

Is February 5 available to the Planning Board?

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