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.

Paul Doucette December 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I wish they were that diligent about sex offenders!
Paul Bishop December 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I would like to see such a place in a medical building, and handled as what it is- a medical treatment location. I fail to see why a legal treatment outlet, being dispensed legally (and by doctor's written recommendation only), dispensing a legal medication - why that needs to be treated as if it were unsavory. The guidelines suggested above clearly show that against the public wishes, this now legal medical treatment is being treated as if it were the street drug that medical marijuana patients have fought so hard to get away from. Patients need safe access, not to be relegated to worst neighborhoods in town simply due to a bias... a bias which the public has rejected two to one. Let's see some CONSTRUCTIVE thought here and from the council, instead of this. We have an opportunity to be a model state here in Massachusetts with regard to this, let's not handle it the wrong way. A cancer patient would be best served picking up his "prescription" at a discrete office in a medical plaza, not behind the scariest alley that the city can find.. and the public better served, in terms of the voted-in law, by handling this as it should be, with dignity and in a MEDICAL context.
Paul Bishop December 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
By the way, Massachusetts does not tax prescriptions, but does tax remedies and homeopathic medication, which I would suppose is the most relevant. Though I have not seen a specific ruling to this effect, a doctor's written recommendation is not legally the same as a prescription, not by a long shot. If my understanding of the relevant statutes is correct, then the sale of the dispensed marijuana is a taxable sale. That's a lot of tax dollars. Food for thought.


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