Chatham Selectmen Back Retail Pot Ban

By: Tim Wood

Marijuana

CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to endorse bylaws prohibiting the retail sale of recreational marijuana in town.

The vote was not unanimous, however. Selectman Shareen voted to oppose a general bylaw banning retail pot sales because she thought it was too broadly worded.

Along with retail marijuana sales, the bylaw bans marijuana cultivators, testing laboratories and product manufacturers. Those activities could provide economic opportunities for local residents, she said.

Community Development Director Kathleen Donovan said the wording came right from the state statute governing recreational marijuana.

Selectman Dean Nicastro said the bylaw applies only to recreational marijuana, not medical marijuana.

“It is broad,” he said. “It covers all types of marijuana establishments that relate to recreational marijuana.”

The board voted to place the general bylaw on the warrant for next May's annual town meeting and to support the measure.

Selectmen also voted to submit a zoning bylaw prohibiting retail marijuana sales to the planning board for a public hearing.

Read more in next week's edition.