Grow, Gift, Repair


“Voters earlier this year at a Town Meeting prohibited the sale of recreational pot within town borders. The Co-op Committee could regulate the growth of pot, as long as it is not sold commercially in town.

As for Andrade, in October — a day after she convinced selectmen to form a committee — she was arrested and charged by town police.

Andrade and others — at a Route 177 plot farm — was charged with illegal cultivation of and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Andrade, of New Bedford, rents farmland on American Legion highway, which is nearby the Russell Davis Youth Soccer field.

Andrade still went before the board after that incident and requested appointment. Local court magistrates determined a continuation without a finding, so no charges were brought forward, Andrade noted.

On a 3-1 vote on Monday, selectmen agreed to put her on the committee.

Andrade told the board on Monday she is “fluid in new regulations,” and is working with non-profit organizations toward drafting zoning and general bylaws concerning farm-grown pot.

“Anything we can do to support farmers should be investigated thoroughly,” Andrade said.

“She has been coming (to board meetings) in good faith,” Selectmen Chairwoman Shana Shufelt said on Monday. “We owe her a yes or no vote.”