Plympton: Town Meeting Extends Moratorium on Recreational Pot Establishments

Plympton powers through 37 articles in one night, which wraps up the final Town Meeting on the South Shore. 

Among the articles passed this year at Plympton Town Meeting include the appropriation of $75,000 for a “just in case of emergencies” fund pertaining to the construction of Plympton’s new police station. Construction on that police station began last month, and is expected to be completed by March 2019.

Voters also approved $250,000 for road repairs, and agreed to extend the moratorium on recreational pot establishments.

More on that from Plympton Selectman Chair Christine Joy:

 

“The intent is to extend the moratorium so that we can bring some articles to Town Meeting. We have to determine whether we’re going to allow recreational marijuana in the town, and we are then where it will be located. So these are issues we need to try and get worked out this year,” said Joy.

 

However, the article centered on the marijuana moratorium does say that the marijuana moratorium shall go until June 30, 2019, or until Plympton adopts zoning bylaws that would regulate the recreational pot establishments, depending on which comes first.

According to Christine Joy, those bylaws should be sorted out by May 2019:

 

“Now that things seem to be coming together at the state level, they’ve answered some questions, created the Cannabis Commission, they’re on the right track and we’ll be able to address this on the town level, at Town Meeting which will occur before the moratorium expires,” said Joy.

 

54% of Plympton voters approved the legalization of recreational pot back in the November 2016 elections.

Also, Dennett Elementary School will finally be completing some much-needed repairs this year, thanks to the Town Meeting voters.

Voters agreed to appropriate $25,000 to finish up the fixing the school’s drinking water treatment system.

Plympton School Committee Chair Jon Wilhelmsen says that now, after a five-year-long effort in collaboration with MassDEP, the water treatment system is now near completion.

Voters also agreed to fix Dennett Elementary’s phone system for $31,000. Additionally, they approved the creation of a new reserve fund specifically for Special Education.

 

 


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About Mimi Walker

Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.