MASSACHUSETTS: The Kingston Planning Board is considering asking Town Meeting to approve a temporary moratorium on locating medical marijuana treatment centers in town.
First, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed moratorum on the use of land and structures in town. The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.
Town Planner Tom Bott said he expects the hearing will be continued to sometime in October, because it’s not known if Kingston will have a special fall Town Meeting. It traditionally does not. A public hearing has to be held within six months of a Town Meeting.
The moratorium would give the town time to consider all the implications of having a medical marijuana treatment center in town, Bott said. The moratorium as proposed would expire Dec. 31, 2014, but the date could change.
“We want to start the conversation and are proceeding with caution,” he said. “Some people say this is like selling Oxycontin in a drug store.”
Specifically, the town would consider the extensive state Department of Public Health regulations on treatment centers released in June and possibly adopt new zoning bylaws determining where they can be located in town.