Voters to decide cannabis bylaw in Chesterfield

Published: 03-21-2024 11:07 AM

CHESTERFIELD — The town will hold a special Town Meeting Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center to allow votes on paying an unpaid bill from last year and amendments to the cannabis bylaw.

Article 1 seeks voter approval for the transfer of $24,070.27 from the enterprise fund to pay Westfield Gas & Electric for an internet service provider bill from FY 23. The bill was overlooked and payment now requires the approval of 90% of voters present.

Article 2 seeks approval of amendments made to sections of the town zoning bylaw that deal with adult-use marijuana establishments.

After voters approved a cannabis bylaw in March 2023, a citizen petition was presented at the May Town Meeting calling for a ban on “the operation of all marijuana establishments now or in the future permitted to operated under Massachusetts law,” with the exception of marijuana retailers, medical marijuana treatment centers, and registered marijuana dispensaries.

Voters referred the article to the Planning Board for further work. The board presented a modified bylaw at a public hearing in November. The bylaw includes several wording changes from the original version, and allows marijuana retailers to seek a special permit for operation from the Planning Board. No other forms of cannabis business would be allowed.

— James Pentland

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