PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will consider putting a referendum on the ballot to ban the sale of recreational marijuana.
Local attorney William Barry put forth a petition to ban marijuana retail shops. However, he wrote it before the state had passed a reworked version of the law that requires such a measure to go to a citywide vote in communities that passed the question on the statewide ballot.
“I didn’t want to have pot shops at Allendale Center, Berkshire Crossings, on North Street where I work. But, the law is the law,” Barry told the City Council, changing his request from instead of asking for the council to ban it to putting a ban to a vote.
Barry said there are negative health and legal consequences relating to recreational marijuana and he doesn’t believe the city should be encouraging it.
“I need to take a stand on it and I think that is the message we need to send to the youth,” he said.
The state Legislature debated the question for months following the vote and only recently