Officials to set Special Town Meeting to consider moratorium on pot dispensaries

Local officials have decided to schedule a special Town Meeting in late March or early April for voters to consider a moratorium on allowing marijuana dispensaries in town. The warrant will offer two choices: setting a year-long moratorium, which would give the state time to set regulations and allow Halifax to see how it goes in other towns, or making the moratorium permanent. Town Administrator Charles Seelig said residents who attended a recent forum on dispensaries didn’t indicate any interest in having one in town. Unless voters take some action, a dispensary would be an allowed use in the commercial district under current bylaws, according to Seelig, “since it would be considered a retail store, whether you sell tires, you sell clothing, or you sell marijuana.” Zoning articles need a two-thirds majority to pass.