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Wellesley Town Meeting to consider marijuana, alcohol, bike lanes

Posted by Evan Allen  January 24, 2013 09:45 AM

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The Wellesley Planning Board and the Advisory Committee will hold public hearings on the warrant for the annual Town Meeting next month, which tackles articles on marijuana, alcohol, and bike lanes, among others.

The warrant, which is now available online, includes articles on the town and school budgets and capital projects. Town Meeting members will also vote on two articles regarding marijuana: a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town, and a bylaw that would prohibit the public consumption of marijuana with a penalty of a $300 fine.

Also included in the warrant are three citizens’ petitions. One calls for the town to study the creation of bicycle lanes in Wellesley; the second calls for the town to permit students to ride bikes on the sidewalks of Weston Road on their way to and from Hardy School.

The third calls for the town to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in full-service grocery stores for consumption off-site. Currently only restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol.

Town Meeting begins on April 1. The Planning Board will hold a hearing on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall; the Advisory Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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