NEW BEDFORD — If you’ve been looking forward to buying recreational marijuana in New Bedford, you may want to put away your rolling papers for just a bit longer.
In a 10-1 vote on Thursday, the City Council has decided to adopt a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments in New Bedford until September 30. The Ordinance Committee recommended the moratorium to the council.
The six-month moratorium will allow Mayor Jon Mitchell and City Councillors to draft local legislation for zoning and operations of the industry across the city.
Councillor At-Large Deborah Coelho submitted the only vote against the temporary ban and claims that she’s been against allowing the recreational use of marijuana from the get-go. Coelho also cites the state’s procedures as a reason for not voting for the temporary moratorium.
“There’s too much happening and a lot of oversight coming from the state that interferes with us here locally,” said Coelho. “I know there’s a small percentage out there