Friday, December 18, 2015
The Grass Is Greener
Amherst may move up a notch or two in those ubiquitous top ten lists for places to retire if we get our first pot dispensary. Medical marijuana of course.
The Select Board packet this week contains a heads up letter from Peter Kadens, president GTI Massachusetts NP Corp informing Chair Alisa Brewer that our little college town is being considered for a Registered Marijuana Dispensary.
Massachusetts voters legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and a year later our Town Meeting passed (by two thirds vote) zoning article 13 limiting such facilities to mixed-use or business zoned areas and a few other common sense conditions.
New England Treatment Access was the first dispensary to open in the Happy Valley back in October, and was welcomed with open arms by Northampton officials.
Pundits are predicting Massachusetts voters could legalize recreational marijuana as early as next year.