Raymond volunteers for marijuana working group

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/8/2017 10:41:36 PM

ATHOL — Selectboard member Stephen Raymond volunteered on Tuesday to participate in the recreational marijuana working group established to facilitate the process of establishing local regulatory controls for the newly legalized drug.

Town Manager Shaun Suhoski created the group to ensure town officials will be ready to present information at a special town meeting that will need to be held in late January or early February 2018. This special town meeting, he said, will mean the town has at least put the issue before its legislative body prior to April 1, 2018, when the state may license recreational marijuana dispensing sites. Raymond said at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting that he will be available for the working group’s meetings.

The working group will also consist of key town staff members Selectboard representatives and members of the Planning, Health and Finance boards.

The Athol Board of Planning and Community Development plans to host a public forum at 7 p.m. in Town Hall on Nov. 16 to discuss the new state law and to generate from townspeople. Recreational marijuana was legalized by state voters a year ago. Nearly 57 percent of Athol voters were in favor of Question 4, to allow the nonmedical use of marijuana by adults in Massachusetts.

Board member David Small said his board is interested in any bylaw recommendations that may come from the public.

“It is our goal to have an open and transparent discussion throughout the process,” he said in an email. “So having an early open discussion before any decisions are made helps us reach that goal.

Athol Planning and Development Director Eric Smith said it is critical to have input from Athol residents for locations where they would like or not like to see any recreational marijuana establishments.

Suhoski stressed that the state recreational marijuana regulations are separate and distinct from Athol’s existing medical marijuana zoning bylaws and regulations, which will guide the proposed cultivation facility at the former Union Twist Drill Co. building at 134 Chestnut Hill Ave.

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