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Berkshires update

Communities with established host agreements include: Adams, Chester, Great Barrington, Lee, North Adams, Pittsfield, Sheffield and Williamstown.

On the flip side, some communities have extended marijuana moratoriums.

New Marlborough has banned in-town recreational weed businesses through June and Lenox has done the same through May.

Noting that the town of 160 people doesn’t have a single commercial operation, Mount Washington voters last May permanently banned pot businesses.

Other communities have made or are finalizing local regulations. West Stockbridge and Lee, for example, have bylaws that do not allow pot shops downtown. Sheffield created a marijuana “overlay” district, a term that designates allowable locations.

And last month, Hinsdale somewhat reluctantly approved a new seven-page marijuana bylaw that caps the number of establishments and other restrictions. Planning Board members said that without a bylaw, the town would be a potential “free-for-all” for marijuana entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in a community with no pot regulations.