Greenfield adds more recreational weed regulations

  • In this Feb. 17, 2016 photo, plants grow at the home of Jeremy Nickle, in his backyard in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nickel, who owns Hawaiian Holy Smokes and is applying for a dispensary, grows a variety of strains and has a medical marijuana card. Those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii face unique obstacles in a state of islands separated by federal waters. (AP Photo/Marina Riker) Marina Riker

Recorder Staff
Published: 6/28/2018 11:31:31 PM

GREENFIELD — Additional regulations were added to recreational marijuana by the Board of Health.

The regulations the Board of Health passed yesterday will create more hurdles for pot shops to clear before they can operate in the city.

The regulations include mandating distributors and cultivators get a marijuana operating permit from the board and a 500-foot buffer from schools with kindergartens.

These regulations are in addition to ones already set out when City Council passed an ordinance earlier this month overseeing recreational marijuana, which includes limiting the amount of marijuana facilities in the city and requiring anyone opening a marijuana business to get a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The board passed the regulations Thursday.

The board admitted that the buffer zone had a mistake, as grades 1 to 12 should have been included within the zone. While drafting the regulations they accidentally omitted the grades beyond kindergarten.

The board is expected to add the grades to the buffer zone but member Steven Adam said they may have to go through an additional public hearing, which could take until August.

The 500-foot buffer goes beyond the 250-foot buffer City Council agreed on earlier this month and the previously suggested buffer zone of 100 feet from Planning Board.

Board of Health Chairman Dr. William Doyle said he supported a 500-foot buffer because marijuana could still be considered a gateway drug, and with the current opioid epidemic this should be considered.

He also said the increased buffer “is symbolic in a way” to protecting children and that the Cannabis Control Commission suggested 500 feet, which is the state’s allowed maximum.

The regulations added that businesses that cultivate or commercially distribute marijuana will have to receive an annual license from the board in order to operate in Greenfield.

Other regulations include prohibiting the gifting of marijuana or its products from businesses. Vending machines and self-service stations for marijuana are also not allowed.

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