Brockton: City puts a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

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The Brockton City Council has placed a temporary ban on the sale or growing of medical marijuana, until officials can create an ordinance as to where a dispensary can properly operate within the city. A one year moratorium on the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries will be in place until June 30, 2014.
A number of city officials think that a dispensary will eventually set up shop in the city. Mayor Linda Balzotti says once an ordinance is created, she hopes to limit the number of dispensaries to one.  She says if communities don’t allow the dispensaries,  a provision in the new state law allows an individual who has a hardship with filling a prescription, would be permitted to grow marijuana.  Balzotti  says that’s a scenario that she would like to avoid.The state has already state that dispensaries should be placed in areas zoned for hospitals and medical clinics.  Brockton officials say the problem with the suggested zoning is that some of the clinics in the city are near schools and residential areas.
As it stands, the Ordinance Committee is working on language to limit where dispensaries  can operate in the city.The matter has been tabled by the committee until early September, while the city’s legal counsel works out the wording for a new zoning ordinance.

About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter and correspondent, and Host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on WATD.