MASSACHUSETTS: The Planning Board has requested the adoption of a six-month moratorium for medical marijuana facilities wanting to locate in the city.
The order, submitted to the City Council last week by Mayor Richard J. Alcombright, will be considered by the council’s Community Development Committee on Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at City Hall. The committee will make its recommendation, on whether or not to move forward with the moratorium, at the council’s Dec. 23 meeting.
A single applicant, Total Health and Wellness Inc., is currently in Phase 2 of the state Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Phase 2 Application process and if approved, would seek to open a facility at 26 Roberts Drive.
“I’ve been talking about bringing this forward for three or four months now,” Alcombright said Tuesday. “I was questioned at the last council meeting as to why this was being brought forward now — if it was because we had an applicant. The answer is that with all the other priorities before me, I really didn’t have time to sit down and get after it until now.”
The mayor said that he’ll ask the committee to consider a shorter time period, which would end the moratorium on April 15 — allowing the Planning Board, in conjunction with the council, just over three months to review the potential impacts of such a facility and to develop zoning and other regulations that are consistent with state regulations and procedures.