BILLERICA — The town bought itself some time Thursday night on the “complicated” issues that come with recreational marijuana establishments.
On the final night of the annual fall Town Meeting, representatives approved a moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana, giving town officials time to draft a bylaw that would address zoning regulations and enforcement. The moratorium, which will be in effect through Dec. 31, 2018, passed 108-40.
Town Manager John Curran said the moratorium will “protect the town’s interests.”
“We would freeze everything, and make those decisions (zoning) over the next year,” Curran said.
“It makes all the sense in the world to do,” he added.
More than 80 communities across the state have established either a ban or moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, which won’t be allowed until next year. Some communities, including Billerica, want to have regulations in place when that’s allowed.
Area communities that have approved moratoriums include Tewksbury, Wilmington, Burlington and Littleton.
Billerica residents supported recreational marijuana legalization by about 1,000 votes in November. Question 4 passed 11,435 to 10,460 in town, 52 percent to