Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz is advocating that the town prohibit retail marijuana sales, noting that nearby municipalities have enacted bans and he doesn’t want Canton to become a “magnet” for buyers.
The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 on Oct. 24 to put a proposed ban on sales and commercial growth of marijuana up for a vote at the next Town Meeting, on May 14.
Berkowitz said Norwood, Stoughton, and Walpole have all approved similar bans. “If we don’t pass it, we’re going to be one of the few communities around -- and it would obviously be a magnet -- for people who want to come and purchase marijuana,” Berkowitz said. “I just don’t think we need to be the one town around that is opening our arms to the retail sales of it.”
Canton voted against the statewide ballot question to legalize marijuana in 2016, with 6,000 votes in favor of legalization and 6,851 against.
The proposed ban would not prohibit cultivation and use of marijuana in homes, as it is allowed by state law, said Fire Chief Charles Doody.
Doody and Berkowitz also serve on the Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse.Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.