By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer
DOVER — Local officials are grappling with the concept of having venues for purchasing marijuana — medical or not.
“I’m not a doctor,” Dover Police Chief Randy Johnson told the Reformer. “People say it can help them. Then, let the [Food and Drug Administration] approve it. Then, let it become legal that way. Just knowing how it’s affected Colorado, I don’t think it’s something we need in our community.”
A subcommittee will be developing surveys to gauge public support for an ordinance that would not allow medical marijuana dispensaries in town. Part of the public input process will include discussion over including recreational sales in the ordinance, as the state has legalized recreational use starting in July.
Residents will be able to grow and use pot but won’t be able to buy it from a commercial operation. Johnson believes retail sales could be approved by state legislators soon.
Members of the public will also be informed of the state law, which does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries “within 1,000 feet of the property line of a preexisting public