Once a bylaw is drafted, the planning board must hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the board of selectmen or aldermen. Those boards then have to place an article on the warrant at a town meeting.
Bylaws that pass must be approved by the state attorney general’s office, which has 90 days from submission to make a ruling.
In Reading and Wakefield, voters at special town meetings voted in favor of a medical marijuana ban in November. The attorney general’s office has until March 21 to issue a decision to Wakefield, and until April 11 to decide on Reading, spokeswoman Emalie Gainey said.
In Danvers, the annual Town Meeting will be held in May. The selectmen will start to prepare the warrant in March, which gives little time for regulations to be drafted, Marquis noted.
“I think people still have a lot of questions about how this would work,” Marquis said. “The state regulations will be a very important part of our overall discussion.”