Palmer Town Council Removes Medical Marijuana Moratorium

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Palmer Town Council Removes Medical Marijuana Moratorium A Massachusetts town has this month removed a moratorium on medical marijuana and reworded its zoning laws in order to regulate the operations of a dispensary or a cultivation facility, in case one is approved.

The Palmer town council voted 5-0 in favor of a new article in the Code of Ordinances that is named ‘Medical Marijuana Facilities and Operations’. The new law will regulate the location of a medical marijuana facility.

The amendment will require any individual or company that wishes to operate a facility to seek a special permit as well as other land use review requirements from the planning board. The new law prohibits a medical marijuana facility from being sited within 500 feet of any dwelling, reports Masslive.com.

The measure was however opposed by some residents in a public hearing in September. However, town policy makers responded, saying that it was illegal for Palmer town to continue extending its moratorium and that in absence of any zoning ordinances; any prospective medical marijuana business could be located just anywhere in the town.

Voters statewide approved a ballot in 2012 that legalizes the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

Meanwhile, while York County, PA, prosecutor supports medical marijuana, he has refused to adhere to the state senator’s request to stop, along with other district attorneys, prosecuting individuals for using marijuana for medical reasons.

However, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney noted that he would review the unique circumstances and set up special provisions for individuals who can prove that they were using the drug for medical reasons. Kearney clarified that though he is yet to receive a letter from co-sponsor of the bill Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), he will stick to his oath to retain the medical marijuana ban until it is declared legal under Pennsylvania’s law. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com