Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Community Discussion

In November of 2012 Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved An Act For The Humanitarian Medical Use Of Marijuana. Subsequently, the Town of Burlington enacted a moratorium on such uses to allow time for the state Department of Public Health (DPH) to write regulations, and to discuss the implications of the act and DPH regulations for Burlington. This moratorium expires June 30, 2014.

On November 13th you are invited to the first in a series of community discussions on the topic of where and how to site medical marijuana facilities, both retail and cultivation operations, when an application to locate in Burlington triggers local review. The gathering will begin with an exposition of legal issues, given by Town Counsel, followed by a synopsis of DPH regulations.

After these informational segments, we invite audience members to speak up regarding where and how facilities should be sited. We are expecting a large group so remarks must be brief (three minutes or under). You may opt to submit written questions in advance to be read by the event moderator. This is just the first in a series of talks, so if time runs short on this occasion there will be future opportunities to “speak up.” The goal of these discussions is to submit a warrant article for Town Meeting adoption in May of 2014. Please RSVP if you intend to speak at the meeting on November 13.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP (and submit written questions) to:

Don Benjamin
Senior Planner, Town of Burlington

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