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#MUNICIPAL #GUIDANCE: Sutton

Voters at Monday’s annual town meeting decided to ban retail marijuana establishments, and businesses allowing on-site marijuana consumption, but voted to allow marijuana cultivators, manufacturers, research facilities, testing labs and transporters.

The allowed businesses would need a special permit and would have to be in the Marijuana Overlay District.

Under the new bylaw, registered marijuana businesses are not allowed to locate within 500 feet of any school, child care facility, library, playground, public park, youth center, or house of worship. The distance could be reduced by 25 percent or less only if the applicant demonstrates that a marijuana business would otherwise effectively be prohibited within the town, and that the business will employ adequate security measures to prevent diversion of marijuana to unauthorized minors.