Milton is ahead of the medical marijuana question that is troubling many communities: Where to put the dispensaries?
The Town is taking the question to the people and has sponsored a warrant article for the May 2013 Annual Town Meeting:
“To see if the Town will vote to amend its General By Laws or Zoning By Laws to prohibit or regulate, with reasonable conditions, medical use of marijuana and/or growing of marijuana for medical use, including without limitation, limiting the location of a medical marijuana treatment center or the location where marijuana may be grown for medical use; and to act on anything relating thereto."
This week, the state attorney general's office ruled that towns can regulate, but not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, according to the Boston Herald.
The decision struck down Wakefield's ban, with the attorney general's office saying, “The act’s legislative purpose could not be served if a municipality could prohibit treatment centers within its borders, for if one municipality could do so, presumably all could do so,” reported the Herald.
"The first step will most likely be a study and recommendation by the planning board regarding defining of areas in which dispensaries would be allowed," wrote Milton Board of Selectman chairman Tom Hurley in an email. "The Department of Public Health will look at other aspects of the law. Since there will be no regulation written until May 2013 at the earliest, it is unlikely that we will do anything at this time beyond regulating where dispensaries may be located. Once regulations are written we will look at other aspects of the law and determine how best to regulate them."
Where do you think is the best place to have a medical marijuana dispensary in town? Let us know in the comments section.