Arlington, MA: Town To Consider Medical Marijuana Rules

Robert Celt

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Christine Bongiorno, Director of Health and Human Services, announces that the Board of Health will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a proposal to regulate the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in town. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the First floor conference room of the Senior Center, 27 Maple St.

Officials will discuss a proposed regulation for the sale of medical marijuana in town. The public will be given the opportunity to provide oral or written testimony.

In October 2015, Arlington's Board of Selectmen decided to wait for more information before voting on whether to give an approve or no-oppose letter to the Massachusetts Patient Foundation, a group seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arlington Center.

The regulation to be discussed on Feb. 3 sets forth the requirements for obtaining a Permit to Operate a Registered Marijuana Dispensary and a Dispensary Agent Permit, which is issued to eligible employees of an RMD. The permit to operate will place certain conditions on an RMD and allows for local inspection and oversight. The regulation also proposes that RMDs hold an annual community meeting to give abutters and community members an opportunity to comment on its practices.

"As Massachusetts health officials move forward with the process of establishing guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, we want to have regulations in place for our town to ensure proper use and safety for our residents," Bongiorno said. "We ask that anyone who is interested in obtaining a permit, or who wishes to find out more about this regulation, attend the meeting."

If approved, the regulation would also set forth penalties for violations, including fines, suspension and revocation of an RMD permit.

A draft copy of the proposed regulation can be obtained at the Board of Health's office on the ground floor of the Senior Center or online on the Board of Health's website.


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