City to Regulate Medical Marijuana Locations
City officials have put forward language to regulate Medical Marijuana centers.
In response to the vote on Novermber's ballot, the city has taken the first step in regulating where Marijuana Treatment Centers could be located with a proposed change to the zoning ordinance.
“The city of Marlborough did support this," said City Councilor Matt Elder referring to the Nov. 8 election results where Marlborough residents voted nearly two to one in favor of allowing medical marijuana centers.
The city is not trying to ban a marijuana treatment center, otherwise referred to as a dispensory, but rather ensure they are located in appropriate areas, he said.
“We are not looking to make sure it can’t go anywhere in the city," said Elder.
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A marijuana center would require a special permit under the proposed zoning. It will not be located:
- Within five thousand (5,000) feet of another Medical Marijuana Treatment Center.
- Within five thousand (5,000) feet of a Narcotic Detoxification and/or maintenance facility.
- Within one thousand (1,000) feet of a school.
- Within one thousand (1,000) feet of a recreational facility.
- Within one thousand (1,000) feet of an elderly housing facility.
- Within one thousand (1,000) feet of a retirement community.
The zoning further goes on to state that a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center should provide medical support, security, oversight by a physician and standards that meet or exceed state regulations. If passed, the effective date would be Jan. 1 of next year.
The language was voted by the City Council to be put to the Legal and Legislative Committee.