Braintree council committee to discuss marijuana ban

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The town council’s ordinance and rules committee will hold a meeting Monday night on proposals to ban recreational marijuana sales and production in town.

BRAINTREE – Proposals that would ban the production and retail sale of recreational marijuana will be discussed by the town council’s ordinance and rules committee Monday night.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the Cahill Auditorium of town hall.

District 6 Town Councilor Paul Clifford, who chairs the committee, said it plans to hear from a number of people on the proposed ban, including Mayor Joseph Sullivan.

Clifford said the committee will also hear from the town’s health board, members of the town’s partnership on substance use and a representative of the Gavin Foundation, which provides substance abuse education and treatment programs.

He said the purpose of the meeting “will be mostly a discussion on people’s position on marijuana.”

Clifford said the proposal won’t go to the full council at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I’d like to put it before the council as soon as possible,” he said.

Sullivan has submitted to the council a proposed ban on recreational marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in town. But in his Oct. 4 memo to the council, he left the door open to allowing some parts of the recreational marijuana business in town, except for retail sales.

“The opportunity to allow one or more types of recreational marijuana establishment(s) while still prohibiting retail sales of non-medical marijuana may be an option the town may want to consider,” Sullivan said in a memo to the council.

Clifford, a staunch opponent of recreational marijuana, said he wants to see where the mayor stands on the issue.

The committee has been holding hearings on the marijuana issue since this summer, including one with police officials..

The full council had a briefing on the recreational marijuana law by state Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree, who was the House chairman of the Legislature’s marijuana policy committee.

Because the town voted against legalizing marijuana for recreational use atin last year’s state election, the council can ban marijuana businesses by a two-thirds vote.

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