Marshfield: Officials consider medical marijuana moratorium

A moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries was one of the topics for discussion at the Marshfield Planning Board meeting Monday night.

Town Counsel Bob Galvin appeared before the board and went over options regarding a town meeting article that would place a one year moratorium on the construction of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The moratorium would give the town time to wait for the state to issue regulations for the dispensaries and for the town to craft a zoning by-law regulating their location.

Galvin said the moratorium could be similar to what many other surrounding towns like Pembroke are also proposing.

“I think the great majority of towns are doing this moratorium. There are some towns that have an adult entertainment district or they have a district that they’ve limited to tattoos to or something else. I think Pembroke is the closest one to us that’s proposing to put a medical marijuana dispensary in its adult district. It happens to be on the Marshfield side of Route 3, but that’s what essentially what they’re doing and I have seen a few other towns do that. It seems to make the most sense – to come up with this moratorium.”

The planning board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a medical marijuana moratorium issue, March 25.


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About John Penny

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.