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.