BURLINGTON – Town Meeting unanimously passed the language for a temporary moratorium regarding the sale of recreational marijuana in Burlington.
The moratorium will be in effect through Dec. 31, 2018, or six months after the effective date of the Cannabis Control Commission regulations (expected Jan. 1, 2018), whichever is greater.
Planning Board member Barbara L’Heureux thoroughly explained the decision to move forward with this moratorium, and she also referenced that if the town decides to do a referendum vote regarding the sale of marijuana, the town can’t do that until the next bi-annual state election, which is in Nov. 2018. The moratorium would hold true until at least Dec. 31, 2018.
“This language is very similar to the temporary moratorium on medical marijuana. It is impossible for the Planning Board to develop a zoning bylaw for this because the state does not know how they are going to regulate it,” L’Heureux advised Town Meeting, who then touched on the possibility and parameters of a referendum. “I want to make sure our moratorium will cover us until that