Officials critique proposed pot bylaw

  • Marijuana plants. Stock image

Staff Writer
Published: 2/11/2019 7:26:16 AM

BUCKLAND — A home-based cannabis products business?

That’s one idea that surfaced at a recent hearing on potential rules the town might adopt governing the growing and sale of marijuana. locally.

About 50 residents convened recently for a Town Hall hearing on a marijuana bylaw drafted by the Planning Board.

The meeting yielded “a lot of participation” from residents, Planning Board Chair John Gould said Friday.

Some residents at the Thursday gathering suggested the Planning Board change the proposed bylaw to permit marijuana product manufacturing in residences, according to board member Andrea Donlon.

“Some people were potentially hoping to manufacture at the scale of a home-base business,” Donlon said.

While some attendees had concerns, there were “a lot of positive remarks,” Gould said. And “there were no remaining questions at the end.”

The draft bylaw lays out regulations for marijuana growth, product production and distribution. It dictates where marijuana should be grown, produced and distributed, according to zoning laws and proximity to schools and residences.

Buckland has already received some interest from marijuana cultivators, Donlon said. Two prospective cultivators inquired about growing cannabis in the town as part of a marijuana cooperative.

The Planning Board intends to meet at the end of the month to discuss the input and make appropriate adjustments, Gould said.

After the bylaw is finished, it will be presented to the town for a vote, Gould said. A date has yet to be been determined.

The bylaw can be accessed at https://www.town.buckland.ma.us/sites/bucklandma/files/uploads/draft_recreational_marijuana_bylaw_use_table_-_public_hearing_draft_12-31-18_w_town_counsel_comments.pdf.




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