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Municipal Guidance Article: Marion

The Marion Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. at the Marion Town House to explain the purpose of a Temporary Moratorium Bylaw On Adult Use Marijuana Establishments.

Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, will describe and clarify the Temporary Moratorium bylaw, and Kathleen Downey, PhD, R.N., Marion’s public health nurse, will answer health related issues concerning marijuana and the protection and education of children K-12.

The facts: The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is scheduled to adopt regulations and guidelines March 15, 2018; two weeks later, April 1, 2018, the CCC begins accepting applications for Adult Use Marijuana licenses. The emerging area of marijuana regulations present many policy and planning issues making that two-week interim period inadequate for Town boards to study regulations thoroughly and develop appropriate bylaws.

In conclusion, the CCC will be governed by local zoning bylaws in effect at the time Adult Use Marijuana Establishments apply for a license. Marion has no zoning bylaws regulating Adult Use Marijuana Establishments as defined in M.G.L. c. 94G, §1.