By Katie Bowler / [email protected]
In 2016, the City of Somerville overwhelmingly voted for the legalization of recreational and adult-use marijuana. Seventy percent of participating voters voted in favor of the law and now, two years later, things are moving forward.
Ahead of the suspected recreation this coming summer, the Board of Aldermen is discussing potential zoning changes for retail.
At a special meeting of the Land Use Committee on Tuesday night, Director of Planning George Proakis proposed an amendment to place a “study time period” on the implications of recreational marijuana, similar to the process of adopting legalized medical marijuana.
“It was a very different strategy than a lot of other communities,” Proakis said at the public hearing. “I was very happy with the way the process turned out the conversation and the opportunity to kind of figure out why and how and under what circumstances we wanted to do this.”
The administration said they hope to hold similar conversations in regards to incorporating recreational marijuana, and for that reason, Proakis suggested extending the conversation until December 2018, which