Plympton: Town Meeting Approves Marijuana Zoning, Accessibility Improvements

In Plympton, voters approved an $11 million operating budget and a bylaw change to include recreational marijuana establishments with the existing bylaw that covers medical marijuana facilities.

Selectman Mark Russo says the bylaw was added when a moratorium was struck down by the state.

“We thought that the moratorium would stand. It was struck down for some technical reasons by the Attorney General,” said Russo. “We needed some controls, and now we have them.”

At Special Town Meeting, voters approved articles to fund accessibility improvements to the Town Hall ($20,000) and Library. Articles to repair the Fire Station ($30,000) and Police Station moving costs ($35,000) were approved.

An article to make the Dennett School Playground ($94,000) more accessible drew applause after it was passed.

An article for recreational boardwalks was passed over. Two solar zoning articles were referred back to the Planning Board for further study. A handicap-accessible van for the Council on Aging was the only other article that was not approved.

The main articles are complete for Special and Annual Town Meeting, which concludes when the polls close at Annual Town Election on Saturday.

“Wonderful Town Meeting, done in two and a quarter hours. We accomplished a whole bunch very civilly and very properly,” said Russo. “We’re pleased for the demeanor and all the votes that were taken.”

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