Hanley said his board opted not to seek an outright prohibition on dispensaries on advice from its legal counsel that restricting their location would leave the town less open to a legal challenge than if it instituted a ban.
Selectman Bill Boulter said he would like to keep the town free of medical marijuana treatment centers. But he said he supports the bylaw.
“Unfortunately, it was something passed by the state. We don’t want the dispensaries here, but at least this would put them in a location suitable for the townspeople,” said Boulter, who opposes a moratorium.
Boulter said he would like to see townspeople surveyed to see how they would like to address the dispensary issue.
Town administrator Edwin Thorne said officials are still determining whether a moratorium would need Town Meeting approval. If it does, he said selectmen could place the proposal on the warrant of the Special Town Meeting that will be held within the April 23 annual Town Meeting.