By Adam Shanks, The Berkshire Eagle
NORTH ADAM — Mayor Richard Alcombright has proposed a one-year moratorium on recreational marijuana sales in North Adams.
The city’s current zoning laws do not in any way address commercial marijuana sales, which were legalized by Massachusetts voters in 2016.
Before the Planning Board on Monday, Alcombright argued that the city needs more time to establish marijuana regulations and should create a commission to do so.
“I think they’re going to have a lot of things to consider, amending the zoning in certain areas,” Alcombright said.
To begin the process, Alcombright has asked the Planning Board and City Council to hold a joint public hearing on Dec. 11. The Planning Board agreed to that date at its meeting on Monday.
The two boards are expected to meet and make a recommendation to the City Council at their Dec. 11 meeting.
The proposed moratorium is expected to be voted on by the City Council on Dec. 12.
Under state regulations, marijuana retailers can begin applying for licenses in April of 2018 and can open as early as July 2018.
The ballot initiative