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Municipal Guidance Article: Acton

At the meeting, several residents spoke in favor of a ballot question and ban. Among the concerns were the regulations of marijuana “edibles”, how the current state Cannabis Control Commission’s draft regulations would work with town regulations, the possibility of a medical marijuana establishment turning into a retail establishment, and recent developments at a federal level.

“And there is a lot of ambiguity at this point…at a state level and also the federal level,” said resident Angie Tso.

Resident John Blute discussed a recent study of the effects of the drug on people aged 16 and under, and their negative, permanent effects. He said he believed there were medical uses for marijuana, and that the drug and in those cases, the drug should only be administered by an experienced medical practitioner. He said he voted for the moratorium and urged selectmen to defer applications until new regulations and information comes out from the Cannabis Control Commission and federal government.

Resident Diana Lin said people should consider the money to be made by the marijuana industry and those implications.

“If the industry had no money to make,” said Lin, “this would not be so controversial.”

Adachi and Vice Chairman Katie Green mentioned the possibility of involving the Board of Health and the Planning Board in the discussions regarding the topic, such as the regulation of marijuana edibles. Adachi said she would further discuss the matter with town counsel and the town manager and the board.