Scituate: Planning board to craft regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries

The Scituate Planning Board met Thursday night, to weed out the issue of regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

With the state’s new medical marijuana law going into effect the beginning of the year, the planning board voted to craft two warrant articles for spring town meeting to address the issue.

Planning Board Vice Chair Dan Monger said one article would call for a zoning by-law which restricts the location of any possible medical marijuana dispensaries in Scituate.

“The first choice we’ll work on is a regulation that likely is going to include an overlay district and designate one section of town, one business district or one area where these can be located, design the special permit process and put in some other restrictions. We have some example by-laws from other towns and other suggestions such as it can’t be located within so many feet of a child care center or a school, or things of that nature”, Monger said.

The second article would call for a moratorium on the dispensaries for a period of one year.

However, if that’s rejected by the Attorney General, then the town’s by-law restrictions would go into effect.

“The question is whether the Attorney General would actually approve a moratorium. It sounds like it’s unlikely they will. So in the event the Attorney General doesn’t approve the moratorium, then we would fall back to the regulations”, Monger explained.

The planning board is scheduled to meet in few weeks to craft the town meeting articles pertaining to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.