Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Officials discuss amending medical marijuana dispensary zoning law

While they are not taking any action yet, members of the Springfield Ordinance Sub-Committee hope to generate discussion on recommending a reversal of a zoning regulation amendment which prohibits marijuana dispensaries in Springfield.    


  1. George T McNaughton6/9/16, 12:11 PM

    The Ordinance Committee does not have jurisdiction over zoning regulations (which are a special type of ordinance). There was a question as to whether the prior Town Selectboard had adopted an Opt Out Ordinance as a result of a motion by former Selectboard member Mike Knoras. The answer to that question after research was no it had not. What happened apparently was that Mike's motion had been referred to the prior Ordinance Committee and it never came out. Instead, apparently it was presented to the Planning Commission which adopted a regulation prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in all districts. The issue now is does the Planning Commission want to reconsider the issue given the likelihood that recreational marijuana is going to eventually be legalized by the State of Vermont. There are possibly going to be some local revenue issues in play if the State goes with something akin to the Colorado program because out there if a County opts out, that County does not receive any of the local share benefits. So the question becomes do we want to have an actual thorough public discussion of the subject in Springfield so that our local governmental bodies are in a position to understand the pros and cons before the State acts. The Ordinance Committee, however, will not be doing anything further on the subject because there never was an opt out Ordinance passed, only a zoning regulation.

  2. i think the resident's should vote on this

  3. Just let the people in pain use opiates. They are already being dispensed all over town.


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