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Natick places moratorium on medical marijuana facilities

Posted by Leslie Anderson  May 3, 2013 10:24 AM

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Town Meeting members voted Thursday to place a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in Natick.

According to Town Clerk Diane Packer, two new bylaws that define a "medical marijuana treatment center" and place a moratorium on such a facility until May 1, 2014 passed by wide margins.

Massachusetts' medical marijuana law was approved by voters in November 2012 and became effective Jan. 1, 2013. However, Town Administrator Martha White had previously said that the state Department of Public Health had yet to draft rules regulating marijuana dispensaries by the time Natick's Town Meeting Warrant was drafted.

White had said that it didn't make any sense for Natick to create zoning regulating a medical marijuana treatment center until the state's regulations could be reviewed.

John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@gmail.com.

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