MASSACHUSETTS: Voters packed Town Hall and overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have allowed the town to explore running a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday.
During a special town meeting, a standing room-only crowd rejected — with 57 people against and 23 voting for it — an article that would have allowed for the hiring of a consultant who would advise the town on how to submit an application before next week’s competitive filing deadline. A two-thirds majority was required for approval.
The Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for up to 35 statewide dispensaries until Aug. 22.
While other Berkshire County towns have adopted temporary moratoriums that would delay a dispensary from coming to town, the Strategic Planning Committee say there’s an opportunity for the town to capitalize and raise revenue on the legal use of medical marijuana.
Committee members say they don’t have many options for raising revenues besides taxes.