Framingham Wants To Limit Where Marijuana Businesses Could Operate
A proposal, that will be presented to Framingham Selectmen Tuesday, would only allow a marijuana dispensary to operate along Route 9 between the Natick line and Dinsmore Avenue. Any proposal would need a vote of Town Meeting.
Tuesday night, Selectmen will hear about a plan to "limit the location of marijuana dispensaries" in town, according to Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin.
In November, voters approved legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. That vote allows the Commonwealth to license for 35 not-for-profit marijuana dispensaries statewide, including at least one in each county (but no more than 5 per county).
Hapin, in his report to Framingham Selectmen, indicated that the working group of town officials plan to propose to "designate a portion of the Route 9 corridor east of Dinsmore (Avenue) to the Natick line" as an area for a potential dispensary.
Halpin, in his report, indicated that area would be the most suitable location, due to its high rent and public visibility.
It is unknown if any dispensary is interested in opening in Framingham. The town was the first in the Commonwealth to have a medical practice completed devoted to medical marijuana open in Janaury.
"To the extent that one emerged ... it would at least be in a visible, high traffic location and would operate with a higher degree of public scrutiny than other locations," said Halpin in his report.
The Framingham Planning Board is fine-tuning the boundaries of the proposed new zoning district and the "working group" is scheduled to make a presentation to Framingham Selectmen tomorrow night, Feb. 5.
A public hearing is planned for March and eventually Annual Town Meeting will be asked to vote on any zoning proposal.