Proposed Marijuana Zoning Bylaw

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING BYLAW TO REGULATE MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS

In November 2016, Massachusetts approved Ballot Question #4 to allow for the sale and use of non-medical (adult use) marijuana in the Commonwealth.  On July 28, 2017, the law was amended when the Governor signed the General Court’s revised language (Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017).
The sale of marijuana is now allowed in Massachusetts.  The proposed zoning bylaw gives the Town the ability impose requirements designed to encourage appropriate land use and reasonable safeguards to govern the time, place, and manner of Marijuana Establishments.   
The proposed Zoning Bylaw requires a Special Permit through the Planning Board for Marijuana Establishments and provides the following:
• Limits the locations of all medical and adult use marijuana establishments to the Business Districts (B-2, B-3, and B-4). 
• Requires a special permit issued by the Planning Board for all five types of recreational marijuana establishments.
• Marijuana use at cafes, clubs, lodges, and other non-profit or private grounds is not permitted.
• Requires a minimum separation of 500 feet from a school.
• Requires a minimum separation of 350 feet from residential districts R-40, R-80, and Downtown Neighborhood (DTN).
• Requires a minimum separation of 250 feet from places in which children commonly congregate, parks, playgrounds, libraries, correctional facilities, or other similar facilities.     
• Provides a minimum separation between Marijuana Retailers of 250 feet.

The Planning Board will hold an informal public input and listening session on the zoning amendment at the July 12, 2018 Planning Board meeting. 
A formal Public Hearing for the zoning amendment is scheduled for August. Check frequently for any changes (last updated 7/16/2018)