New regulations for dispensaries in the city of Malden have finally been approved.
In a City Council meeting that took place on Tuesday, the zoning laws pertaining to medical marijuana dispensaries were finally decided upon. It was agreed upon to ban dispensaries from opening for business within three hundred feet of public parks, playgrounds, schools and residences. Additionally, dispensaries will be zoned within Malden’s industrial locations.
Medical marijuana dispensary owners will be required to submit an application for a license with the city of Malden.
This paper is very carefully crafted by our (city) solicitor (Kathryn Fallon), our health director Chris Webb, and (city planner) Michelle Romero. It should be clear to everybody we do not want these centers in Malden….We felt if we just (banned) them outright, we’d lose a legal challenge to that. This allows us to have complete control.
Councillor Jim Nestor said.
The state of Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries as of the new year.
In doing so, MA joins seventeen other states that have already made medical marijuana, and in two states, recreational marijuana use legal.
The town of Malden has founded the following ordnance regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.
“Medical Marijuana Treatment Center: An entity, however, organized, as defined by Massachusetts law only, registered under this law licensed by the state Department of Public Health or other applicable state entity, that routinely acquires, cultivates, possesses, processes (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils or ointments), transfers, transports, sells, distributes, dispenses, or administers marijuana products containing marijuana, related supplies or educational material to qualifying patients or their personal caregivers.
No Medical Marijuana Treatment Center shall be located with 300 feet of the property line of a property used for a residential dwelling, public or non-public school or public park or playground.
A special permit issued to a Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility is non-transferable and nonassignable.
A Medical Marijuana Treatment Center shall not be allowed as an accessory use to any other use.”