Friday, October 14, 2016

"a direct prohibition would not be allowable"

"The Town Council may take a position against the legalization of recreation marijuana, a matter on the ballot in November. 
Council member Judith Pfeffer requested at the council's meeting last week that a resolution in opposition to ballot Question 4 be placed on the agenda for the group's next meeting. She also suggested, in the event the question does pass, that the town re-examine its zoning laws to ensure that the town has a say where facilities selling the drug are placed."

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It is worthy to note that the concerns of some of the councilors quoted in the article were refuted during the Town Council meeting by Franklin's attorney, Mark Cerel. The concern expressed was that the Ballot Question would override a town agreement. Unlike other MA communities, Franklin does not have an agreement with the current firm growing marijuana. The firm's operation is governed by a zoning bylaw which would not be overturned by the passage of the ballot question. Franklin officials did agree to relook at the bylaw to see what also would be needed (if anything) to address the sale of marijuana in the downtown area.

You can check my notes for the Closing of the meeting on Oct 5.

For a more definitive replay we'll need to wait for the video of the meeting to be posted for replay by Franklin TV (as of Friday morning , Oct 14) it was not yet available. Meeting through Sep 27 are available for replay

For more info on Ballot Question 4, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth page

  • A YES VOTE would allow persons 21 and older to possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate (including edible products) and to cultivate marijuana, all in limited amounts, and would provide for the regulation and taxation of commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana products.
  • A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to marijuana.

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