Pembroke selectmen are expected to seek a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town after a bylaw they proposed to restrict the location of such facilities was at least temporarily derailed by Planning Board action last week.
Greg Hanley, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said a majority of the panel is leaning toward proposing the moratorium because it offers a quicker vehicle to protect the town from a possible medical marijuana facility than reaching consensus on a bylaw.
“It would buy us more time,” he said, noting that the town could work on the bylaw while the moratorium is in effect.
The state ballot question legalizing medical marijuana that voters approved last November allows for up to 35 nonprofit medical marijuana treatment centers to grow and provide the marijuana. The state Department of Public Health is required to develop regulations governing the dispensaries by May 1, though state officials said last month they are unable to make that deadline due to the complexity of the issue.
Pembroke is among the latest of many communities that, due to public safety concerns, have adopted or are considering bans or restrictions on the locations of dispensaries, or moratoriums to allow more time to put those rules in place.
Quincy city councilors last Monday opted against imposing restrictions on the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, but voted instead to consider a nine-month moratorium.
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