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Amendments to Marijuana Zoning Law Get A Hearing

Public Hearing Notice – Proposed Zoning Amendments

In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 40A, §§ 5 and 11, the Groton Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall (second floor meeting room), 173 Main Street, to consider the following zoning amendments proposed by the Select Board of the Town of Groton:

ARTICLE 1: AMEND ZONING BYAW TO BAN CERTAIN USES OF RECREATONAL MARIJUANA

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Groton, Chapter 218 Zoning as follows:

By adding the following definitions to Section 218-4, Definitions: 

Craft marijuana cultivator cooperative, a marijuana cultivator comprised of residents of the Commonwealth and organized as a limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or cooperative corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth, which is licensed to cultivate, obtain, manufacture, process, package and brand cannabis or marijuana products to transport marijuana to marijuana establishments, but not to consumers. 

Marijuana research facility, an entity licensed to engage in research projects by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

Marijuana microbusiness, a co-located marijuana establishment that can be either a Tier 1 marijuana cultivator or product manufacturer or both, in compliance with the operating procedures for each license (as defined and classified by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission).  

B) Revising Section 218-13, Schedule of Use Regulations, for the category of Marijuana Establishments and marijuana-related business, as added by vote of the 2018 Spring Town Meeting, to provide that such uses shall be prohibited in all zoning districts, as follows (with deletions shown in strikethrough and additions shown as underlined):

Section 218-13 

 

R-A

R-B

NB

VB

GB

I

P

O

Marijuana Establishments any other type of licensed marijuana-related business 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijuana cultivator, but not including craft marijuana cultivator cooperative

 

N

N

N

N

N PB

PB 

N

N

Marijuana product manufacturer

N

N

N

N

N

PB N

N

N

Marijuana retailer

N

N

N

N

PB N

PB N

N

N

Marijuana testing facility

N

N

N

N

PB 

PB 

N

N

Marijuana transportation or distribution facility

N

N

N

N

N

PB N

N

N

Marijuana research facility 

 

N

N

N

N

PB

PB 

N

N

Any other type of licensed marijuana-related business, including marijuana microbusiness

 

N

N

N

N

N

PB N

N

N

On-site consumption of marijuana at licensed marijuana establishment

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

 

Revising Section 218-16.1, Marijuana Establishments, as adopted at the 2018 Spring Town Meeting, subsections C(5).c and D(3), as follows (with deletions shown in strikethrough and additions shown as underlined): Section 218-16.1

C. General requirements and conditions for all marijuana establishments.

(5) Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94G, Section 3(b) (2) t The maximum number of Licensed Marijuana Establishments in the Town of Groton shall be consistent with the following provision.  

Shall not prohibit one or more types of Marijuana Establishment  

Shall not limit the number of marijuana retail establishments, to less than 20% of liquor licenses issued pursuant to Section 15 of MGL Chapter 138 for retail sale of alcohol not consumed on the premises in the Town of Groton.  Said number to be rounded up to the next whole number.  

The number of total non-retail Marijuana Establishments as established in Section 218-16.1 (D)(3) shall not exceed one (1) an aggregate of three (3). 

D. Special permit requirements.

(3) A special permit for a marijuana establishment shall be limited to one or more of the following uses that shall be prescribed by the special permit granting authority:

Marijuana cultivator

Marijuana product manufacturer

Marijuana retailer

b) Marijuana testing facility

c)    Marijuana research facility

Marijuana transportation or distribution facility

Any other type of licensed marijuana-related business or to take any other action relative thereto.

Groton Herald

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P.O. Box 610, Groton, Massachusetts 01450
 

Office
161 Main Street, Groton, Massachusetts 01450
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