Marshfield: Advisory Board previews town meeting articles – including marijuana by-law proposals

The Marshfield Board of Selectmen held a joint session with the town’s Advisory Board Tuesday night at the Furnace Brook Middle School, to discuss warrant articles for the upcoming annual town meeting.

A few of the interesting town meeting articles up for discussion included a proposal from the police chief, that would impose a $300.00 fine for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public.

Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares said, “Just like our no drinking alcohol in public by-law, it’s just to prohibit somebody from smoking marijuana in public. If they want to do it in the privacy of their own home and they have a prescription for medical marijuana and they’re sick and it makes them feel better, so be it. However, we don’t believe that this mind altering smoke should be contaminating the environment out in the public.”

Another article dealing with medical weed would restrict marijuana dispensaries to leasing land in the industrial zone off Enterprise Drive, which former town meeting moderator Jim Robinson pointed out to Town Planner Paul Halkiotis, could even include, WATD.

“If this were to pass, would it be legal for WATD to lease out space to sell medical marijuana – and the Marshfield Mariner and all the other existing buildings in the industrial park?” Robinson asked.

“Yes sir, so long as the distance and setback between those buildings to the new athletic complex could be met. Offhand I think it can, but we’d have to measure it,” Halkiotis said.

“So, let Ed Perry (owner of WATD) know that this could be a side business for him!” Robinson exclaimed.

A controversial article calling for a village overlay district in Brant Rock also generated lengthy discussion.

Marshfield Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for April 28 at the Furnace Brook Middle School.

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.