Conway to hold public meeting on pot policy

Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 08, 2018

CONWAY — The Conway Planning Board will hear residents’ input on commercial marijuana Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

The meeting, held at the Conway Town Hall at 32 Main St., will allow residents to share their positions on the role commercial marijuana establishments should, or should not, have in Conway.

The Planning Board will pose key questions: Do residents want marijuana stores or cafes in town? Should marijuana be grown commercially in town? If such businesses are in Conway, how should they be regulated?

According to Planning Board Chair Mary McClintock, the “information exchange” will include a presentation, with photos, of the different types of commercial marijuana establishments, and explanations of proposed state laws regulating such establishments.

Currently, Massachusetts law allows establishments for growing and cultivating marijuana, establishments for producing marijuana products, like edibles, as well as independent marijuana testing labs, marijuana retail outlets and marijuana cafes, where marijuana is consumed on-site.

The meeting follows a temporary moratorium, approved by voters at a special town meeting on Oct 30, 2017, stating the town will develop local regulations regarding commercial marijuana establishments after state-wide regulations are released this spring.

Residents unable to attend the Feb. 15 meeting in person are encouraged to email thoughts and questions to planningboard@townofconway.com.