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Medical marijuana dispensary zoning laws to be discussed at Special Town Meeting

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A proposed zoning measure regulating the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in town will come before the Special Town Meeting that convenes Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The proposal would allow dispensaries to locate in Cherry Hill Industrial Park off Route 128 and the Danvers Industrial Park off Route 1, but would prohibit them elsewhere in town. The meeting will also consider a bylaw requiring residents who receive a state “hardship cultivation” card to grow their own medical marijuana, to register locally with the Board of Health and the Police Department. In other key business, the meeting will consider a proposal to petition the Legislature to allow Danvers to issue six additional on-premises alcohol licenses. It will take up a zoning measure aimed at encouraging a mix of residential and commercial uses in Tapleyville, an area close to the downtown and the Danvers Rail Trail. It will act on transfer requests of $25,000 to supplement funding for veterans benefits, and $70,000 to use with $8,225 in federal grant money to allow emergency radio and cellphone usage within the Holten-Richmond Middle School. Another article seeks $23,973 to partially match an anticipated $239,730 federal grant to replace the Fire Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus, and buy related equipment.

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