Heath to vote on marijuana regs

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Staff Writer
Published: 11/23/2018 11:03:53 AM

HEATH — Residents will vote on zoning regulations for recreational marijuana cultivation, processing and retail sales at a special town meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall.

The warrant asks residents to add a new section to the Zoning Bylaw, “Adult-use recreational licensed marijuana,” to ensure in-town recreational marijuana facilities meet state laws and Cannabis Control Commission licensing regulations.

Another article seeks to add licensed marijuana establishments as an “industrial” use regulation, which will require a special permit or site plan review for all marijuana establishments and retailers.

The proposed bylaw would place all licensed establishments for marijuana testing, cultivation, and processing within areas zoned “Agricultural/Residential” and “Agricultural/Forest.” Retail sales businesses would be allowed in these zones and in the Heath town center, provided it is not located within 250 feet of a public or private school for children, of a playground for children, or within 250 feet of the Heath library.

During the special permit application process, the Planning Board might impose conditions regarding: hours of operation, odor and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) noise, outdoor lighting; sparking, site-screening, and signage.

No marijuana product or accessory should be visible to the public. A marijuana retailer will be required to have a double door entry, allowing only those age 21 and older to come in.

Special permits for marijuana establishments expire every five years and must be renewed.

A third article on the special town meeting warrant asks to transfer $25,000 from the town’s “free cash” reserves to the Tax Possession Property Management account, to pay for testing, removal, securing and clean-up of town-owned properties.


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