The City Council of Newton voted on March 5 to pass a temporary hold on recreational marijuana establishments applying for licenses. The ban did, however, include an amendment that shields Garden Remedies, a current medical marijuana facility, from being included in the moratorium.
The moratorium passed with 20 in favor, and four abstentions. This vote came after a previous postponement due to the absence of five councillors at the Feb. 27 meeting. The amendment, which was voted on prior to the moratorium vote, was passed 16 to four, with four abstentions. The temporary ban was suggested so that the Zoning and Planning Committee would have time to complete a planning process to consider in what districts and under what conditions recreational marijuana establishments will be allowed to open.
The temporary hold is expected to last until December 2018, when it will be lifted and recreational marijuana establishments will be able to apply for licenses. Councilors said, however, that the Zoning and Planning Committee will work as quickly and efficiently as possible on establishing regulations, so an earlier opening date may