With the passage of Question 3, facilities can open in Massachusetts to distribute marijuana for medical purposes but not everyone wants to one in their town.
The ballot question was approved by 63 percent of Massachusetts voters, and 69 percent of Watertown voters backed the question in the Nov. 6 election.
The law is slated to take effect Jan. 1, and allows people with certain medical conditions to get up to a 60-day supply of marijuana. The ballot measure limits the number of “medical marijuana treatment centers” that can open next year to 35. There must be at least one in each county, but no more than five.
Watertown Town Council President Mark Sideris said last week that he does not want to see such a facility in Watertown. At Tuesday's Town Council meeting he referred the question to the council's Public Safety Committee to be studies. He wants to get input about potential concerns of having a marijuana dispensary in town from the Director of Public Health Steven Ward and Police Chief Edward Deveau.
Several other Bay State communities have taken steps, or plan to take measures to prevent marijuana distribution facilities opening in their town, according to the Boston Globe. Some steps are changing the zoning, as is being considered in Quincy.
Do you think Watertown should allow a medical marijuana facility to open in town? If so, where would it go? I no, why not? Share your thoughts in the comment section below?