North Attleboro board OKs provisions for marijuana sales

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — North Attleboro is one step closer to allowing marijuana business in town. 

On Monday night, three medical and adult-use marijuana zoning articles were approved at the semi-annual town meeting. 

The first two would determine where marijuana businesses would  be located in town. 

Article 13 states there must be a 300-foot buffer where any houses of worship, public and private K-12 schools, and licensed daycare facilities are located. In addition, Article 13 states if a proposed marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center is near athletic fields or play structures, a 350-foot buffer would be measured from the edge of the athletic field or the nearest play structure.

Town Planner Nancy Runkle confirmed to Eyewitness News that Article 13 passed by a vote of 74-6. 

Runkle noted that a scrivener’s error was corrected prior to publication in the ‘Definitions’ section: “‘Adult Use’ shall mean use of marijuana that is regulated by 935 CMR 500.00,” rather than “925 CMR 500.00,” which is shown on Article 13.

Article 14 relates to where exactly in town medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers can be, i.e. residential, business, park, or industrial districts.

Runkle said Article 14 was approved by more than a two-thirds majority vote, but with an amendment to prohibit retail sales of adult-use marijuana in North Attleboro’s downtown district.

The town needs to wait for the attorney general’s approval of Articles 13 and 14, which could take up to two months, according to Runkle, but they’d both be retroactive to the date of the vote.

Article 15 regards the adoption of a local sales tax option on the sale of adult-use marijuana. The article states it would be at a rate of 3 percent.

Runkle said Article 15 was approved by a majority vote. She added that the minimum number of medical and adult-use marijuana establishments is three, though it is unlikely additional permits will be granted. Permits will be granted by the Board of Selectmen.

Runkle said if the facility requires a special permit, then the Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA).

The Board of Health will also have regulations in place regarding marijuana business.

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