MANCHESTER — Residents voted, once again, in favor of pot.
More than 200 residents voted not to ban retail sales and related marijuana operations at Town Meeting on Monday, in three separate articles on the warrant.
“I do not believe a ban is in the long-term interest of the town,” Selectman Eli Boling said. “I do not see the point in a ban when we have the tools to exercise control over retail businesses.”
They approved the third option, Article 19 which restricted any retail pot establishments to the town’s Limited Commercial District (LDC), which generally lies north of Route 128.
“We already have the zoning bylaw that says medical marijuana is restricted to the LCD and spells out the approval process,” Town Administrator Gregory Federspiel said. “Those same rules would apply to recreational marijuana facilities.”
Among other restrictions, marijuana facilities must remain 300 feet away from residences and 500 feet from any playground or school.
Because this is a zoning bylaw, Article 19 required a two-thirds vote, which was 183 in favor to 43 opposed. But since it aligns with the new state law and regulations, legalizing marijuana, it doesn’t have