Retail Pot Ban Moves Forward In Chatham

CHATHAM – A bylaw prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana in Chatham has been endorsed by selectmen.

Selectman Dean Nicastro reminded residents that the process started a while back and, despite Massachusetts voters approving legalization, it is still the town’s right to ban its sale.

“A few months ago we voted unanimously to support a prohibition on retail marijuana establishments, which we are permitted to do as a town under the various iterations of the ballot initiative,” he said.

Selectman Shareen Davis voted against the general bylaw, saying it was too broadly worded.

Nicastro said that the various activities that would be banned are all related to recreational use.

“It covers all types of establishments that relate to recreational marijuana including cultivators, independent test laboratories, product manufacturers, retailers or any other type of related businesses,” said Nicastro.

He re-iterated that medicinal use will not be affected.

The bylaw will now be placed on the May town meeting warrant. A zoning bylaw prohibiting the sale of pot will be submitted to the planning board who will hold a public hearing.

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