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GREENFIELD — With recreational marijuana sales expected to be allowed in the state, the city is now tasked with modifying its own marijuana regulations.

The Greenfield Planning Board this week began the process of replacing the city’s medical marijuana zoning ordinance with an ordinance that encompasses all registered marijuana establishments. The proposed amendment process comes as the state is on the verge of allowing recreational marijuana sales and Greenfield, since it has regulated medical marijuana sales, would allow for recreational sales, as well.

According to Director of Planning and Development Eric Twarog, the intent is to replace the existing medical marijuana ordinance with an ordinance addressing all marijuana establishments in the city, with adoption by the City Council in May or June.

The city currently has a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, Twarog said, which ends June 30. If no ordinance is adopted, addressing recreational marijuana sales by the end of the moratorium, registered medical marijuana dispensaries, or RMDs as Twarog referred to them, would be allowed to sell recreational marijuana as well, once the state formally allows it.


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By Dan Adams and Margeaux Sippell Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent  March 17, 2018

Marijuana companies will be banned from a majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts when recreational sales begin this summer, a Globe review has found, the latest indication that there will be fewer pot stores in the early going than many consumers expected.

At least 189 of the state’s 351 municipalities have barred retail marijuana stores and, in most cases, cultivation facilities and other cannabis operations, too, according to local news reports, municipal records, and data collected by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey.

Fifty-nine of the local bans on marijuana businesses are indefinite. The remaining 130 are temporary moratoriums designed to buy local officials time to set up marijuana zoning rules. Many expire on July 1, and the rest are due to end later this year.


Still, for marijuana companies hoping to get in on the ground floor of the lucrative, newly legal industry, that means more than half of the state’s 351 municipalities are off-limits as they scout for

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In the war over legal weed in Pasadena, opposing sides are surprisingly advocating for the same thing.

It is illegal to operate a marijuana dispensary in Pasadena, although 13 currently are open for business, according to the online directory WeedMaps. Passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, however, has reopened the debate.

On one side is the City Council, which is advocating for a more restrictive approach that would allow six dispensaries in the city while simultaneously banning collectives and dispensaries that have been operating without a license. Officials have taken this tact as a preemptive strike against a possible ballot initiative with what they fear would be far more liberal policies.

On the other side is a citizens group known as Pasadena Patients for Safe Neighborhoods, which has thrown its support behind the businesses to which they’ve already grown loyal.

But Shaun Szameit, president of the Golden State Collective — one of the already-operating businesses at the center of the tussle — said on Friday that voters should approve the measure that City Council placed on the June ballot, even though his

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County Executive Steve Schuh’s administration unveiled legislation Friday that would restrict variances for medical cannabis dispensaries, the same day the county employee responsible for approving those variances worked his last day.

Doug Hollmann, the county’s administrative hearing officer, is no longer with the Anne Arundel County government as of Friday. County officials wouldn’t comment on his departure. Hollmann’s office did not return a request for comment.

The county asked former city and county attorney Jon Hogdson to serve as the new hearing officer effective Monday.

The hearing officer approves and denies zoning reclassifications, special exceptions and variances.

“Frankly, we never envisioned there would be this many variance requests and that they would be granted at the percentage they were granted,” said Owen McEvoy, Schuh’s spokesman.

The variances in question are related to medical cannabis dispensaries and rules approved by the Anne Arundel County Council in 2015. Legislation that will be introduced at Monday’s council meeting will prohibit granting any variances related to restrictions passed in 2015.

Schuh opposed having medical cannabis in the county as state lawmakers pressed forward

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