Weymouth: Townspeople Buzzing Over Proposal to Ban Retail Pot Shops

Weymouth residents voiced their opinions on a proposal to ban retail cannabis shops before a joint meeting of the town council and planning board Tuesday night.

The town said no on the state ballot question to legalize retail weed by a margin of only 130 votes.

Resident Katelyn Corkum believes Weymouth should allow retail pot shops.

“Are we positioned as a town to be turning down up to 3% local tax revenue? Up to 3% of a cut of sales at those marijuana shops, and a thriving business community?

The reality is that this is a growth industry. The reality is that trending nationally suggests it’s going to get bigger.”

Mary Savage Dunham is in favor of banning cannabis stores in Weymouth.

“We heard that a ban on commercial marijuana establishments is not good business, but I would say given the information we have right now, it’s very good government, and I would encourage you to support it at this time, and maybe have a study committee come back to it in a year or two, once we learn from other people – once the target stopped moving. Then maybe we can make a more informed decision for what’s right for our community,” Dunham said.

Bob Montgomery Thomas offered this revelation about cannabis.

“I wish I had some weed now to help me with this back pain, but I don’t,” quipped Montgomery Thomas.

The town council has yet to vote on the issue. 

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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.