Marion temporarily bans recreational pot shops

Marion voters recently adopted a temporary moratorium on the location of recreational marijuana businesses in town.

The moratorium, which extends through Dec. 31, was adopted as a zoning bylaw by special Town Meeting Feb. 15 on a voice vote that the town moderator determined had met the required two-thirds margin. The bylaw applies to all types of adult marijuana businesses.

Town officials said the moratorium was needed to give the town time to consider bylaws addressing potential impact from having recreational businesses locate in town.


The state is set to issue regulations regarding the licensing of marijuana establishments by March 1 and to begin accepting licensing applications by April 1.

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In other business, special Town Meeting appropriated $138,730 from the town’s free cash account to fund the replacement of the boiler in the town hall and related costs.

The boiler recently failed, and the town is using a temporary external gas-powered heater for the building while it awaits completion of the replacement project, which recently began.

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