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Canton Town Meeting to vote on one-year marijuana moratorium

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  March 20, 2013 10:55 PM

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Canton Town Meeting members will deliberate a one-year moratorium on medicinal marijuana dispensaries in town instead of the three-year moratorium originally proposed.

At a meeting Wednesday, Planning Board members voted unanimously to alter Article 12 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant, shortening the temporary moratorium to one year.

The decision reflected state Attorney General's decisions related to moratoriums in Wakefield and Burlington, according to Planning Board member Jeremy Comeau.

Wakefield sought to permanently ban medical marijuana treatment centers from the town. The Attorney General’s office stated this ban conflicted with a state law passed in November legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in a letter on March 13.

Burlington, by contrast, sought a moratorium on dispensaries outlined in the Jan. 1 law until June 30, 2014. The Attorney General’s office approved of this decision in a different March 13 letter.

Canton’s article originally sought a moratorium until May 1, 2016, but that date was changed Wednesday to May 1, 2014.

Town Meeting members will decide the matter when they meet on May 13 at Canton High School at 7 p.m.

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