Jonathan Dame Daily News Staff @DameReports
SUDBURY – Town officials have begun drafting proposals to place before voters at Town Meeting next May that would regulate – or possibly prohibit – the operation of recreational marijuana shops in Sudbury.
The Planning Board is aiming to decide on a way forward by early 2018, allowing time to place an article on the Town Meeting warrant. A moratorium on recreational dispensaries enacted earlier this year will expire at the end of June 2018.
Police Chief Scott Nix would prefer banning recreational pot stores here, citing among other concerns the difficulty of enforcing laws against driving under the influence of the drug, Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues told selectmen last week.
Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed a draft bylaw approved by town counsel that would prohibit recreational marijuana businesses. Alternatively, the town could choose to enact a zoning bylaw to restrict where such businesses can operate.
“May Town Meeting is coming quick and we do need to have a zoning bylaw prepared,” Rodrigues told selectmen last week. She added that town officials should recommend one