Mass. towns must seek balance in siting marijuana dispensaries
In the wake of the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, cities and towns are rushing to change their zoning regulations, worrying that a marijuana dispensary would create an undesirable atmosphere in their communities. Some of these local regulations make good sense, such as a Malden proposal to allow dispenseries in areas zoned for medical uses. But others could have the undesirable effect of pushing the dispensaries into little-visited corners of the state, where they will actually be more susceptible to after-hours theft and other crimes.