Topics: Marijuana

ORLEANS — The controversy over awarding rights to negotiate a community host agreement to sell cannabis in town had its day in court July 1. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea took under advisement B\Well Holdings’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the town from acting on the select board’s decision to give those rights to Seaside Joint Venture or any other applicant that scored lower than...

ORLEANS — You might say Cecil Newcomb is keeping his own counsel in declining requests to explain why he resigned from the select board last week. Meanwhile, his former colleagues were planning to meet in executive session last night (June 23) to discuss a legal complaint filed by a cannabis company that was not invited to negotiate a host community agreement to open a retail marijuana dispensary. A hearing on...

ORLEANS — The select board has many roles, but procurement officer is not one of them. That was made clear, or at least clearer, June 2 as the board designated Seaside Joint Venture and Ember Gardens as the applicants for the town’s two retail marijuana licenses and invited both to negotiate host community agreements. Dune Wellness LLC was selected as the alternate should Seaside or Ember falter. “I can’t s...

Meet Fritz, Harwich Police’s New Vape Dog

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The Harwich Police Department has a new member, and he’s here to teach kids in the Monomoy School District not to vape. If he gets a few treats in the process, that’s all the better. Fritz isn’t your average member of the force. Unlike his bipedal fellow officers, Fritz is an 18-month-old German shorthaired pointer and it’s his job, quite literally, to sniff out e-cigarettes and vaporizers on school ...

HARWICH – When members of Monomoy Regional High School's Political Action Club attended the Iowa Caucus at the beginning of February, a woman suggested that the students hold their own caucus at school upon their return. Realizing they could make it happen, club members, under the tutelage of teacher John Dickson and with the permission of Principal Bill Burkhead, organized the school's first Mock Caucus for s...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

ORLEANS — The planning board voted last week to maintain a maximum of three recreational marijuana retail establishments in a proposed zoning bylaw amendment. Other options included four, which would be half of the number of liquor stores in town, or eight, the latter as recommended by the board of selectmen. “I'd like to see us walk before we run,” said member Tom Johnson, an adamant advocate of the lower n...

ORLEANS — In its search for the perfect blend of free market encouragement and community character protection, the planning board is rolling out two revised draft zoning bylaw amendments to regulate marijuana establishments. The first addresses all uses, while the second would amend the first to allow cultivation in residential areas. At the board's Aug. 14 public hearing, members agreed by consensus on what...

ORLEANS — Planning board members have already extended until Aug. 14 their public hearing on proposed marijuana zoning amendments, but the selectmen hope they'll extend it again to Aug. 28. That would give the selectmen an opportunity to present their take on both the planning board's bylaw version and one advanced by Selectman David Currier. “We're within 95 to 96 percent of where the planning board is righ...

ORLEANS — About 60 people packed a hearing room at town hall July 24 to talk about the planning board's proposed zoning bylaw amendments to regulate the sale, cultivation and other uses of marijuana. Although it wasn't part of the hearing agenda, Selectman David Currier was on hand to discuss his own proposed amendment, which is under review by town counsel. The back-and-forth made it clear that there's stil...

ORLEANS — Since town meeting decided earlier this month not to ban marijuana sales, town officials and advocates are starting to speak the same language. “Many of us have had personal therapeutic experiences with family members that made us recognize that when you see 'recreational marijuana' on the planning board agenda, the truth is, it's more appropriately 'adult-use cannabis,'” Rick Francolini told the b...

Chatham Bans Balloons, Pot Shops

By: Tim Wood

Retirement Funding, Library Improvements, Senior Center Study OK'd By Town Meeting CHATHAM – Environmental awareness triumphed over the decades-old tradition of brightly colored balloons decorating Kate Gould Park during summer Chatham Band concerts Monday, as annual town meeting voters approved a ban on the sale of inflated balloons beginning in September. Voters also embraced a bylaw banning marijuana est...

Chatham Bans Balloons, Pot Shops

By: Tim Wood

Retirement Funding, Library Improvements, Senior Center Study OK'd By Town Meeting CHATHAM – Environmental awareness triumphed over the decades-old tradition of brightly colored balloons decorating Kate Gould Park during summer Chatham Band concerts Monday, as annual town meeting voters approved a ban on the sale of inflated balloons beginning in September. Voters also embraced a bylaw banning marijuana est...

Harwich Voters Ban Marijuana Retail Sales

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters Tuesday night took several steps to ensure recreational marijuana will not be sold within Harwich's borders by approving a zoning provision that bans all types of non-medical marijuana establishments in all zoning districts in the community. The ban includes marijuana cultivators, independent testing laboratories, product manufacturers, retailers and other types of licensed marijuana-related b...

Town Officials Seek To Clarify Marijuana Zoning Amendments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials admitted Monday night the four annual town meeting articles related to the retail sale of recreational marijuana can be a bit confusing. They were clear, however, on their united support for banning pot sales in town. Both Police Chief David Guillemette and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh pointed out it is legal for residents over 21 years of age to smoke marijuana at home and to grow...