Municipal Marijuana Legalization Resources

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Over 50 local officials and community members gathered on January 12 to hear from Attorney Joel Bard of KP Law about municipal responsibilities and options under the new law and from State Representative Steve Kulik on what the Legislature could consider during its action on the issue this winter.

Below are some materials that may be of interest:

KP Law info sheet: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act – January 2017

FRCOG Letter to Marijuana Policy Committee 2017.4.10

Mass Municipal Association_Marijuana_Committee_Hearing_Letter_03202017 

Guidance for Law Enforcement: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/eops/letter-from-secretary-bennett-re-question-4-marijuana-guidance.pdf

For municipalities interested in passing a temporary zoning moratorium while updating their zoning, or in passing a ban on operations in town:

Model Ballot Question

Model Moratorium Warrant

Feedback on the legislation from statewide groups:

Marijuana Legalization Letter to Gov from MA Municipal Assoc

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Assn Memo

The actual language of the ballot question that passed:

Marijuana Initiative Petition Language

A helpful summary from our sister organization Central Mass Planning Commission:

CMRPC_Presentation12152016_Recreational Marijuana Info Session

Guidance from DESE to schools on substance use prevention programming: www.doe.mass.edu/ssce/Guidance-SubstanceUsePrevention.pdf