Rockland voters may have say on whether to allow pot sales downtown – Courier

August 30th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Rockland — A Rockland City Councilor has proposed holding two municipal advisory referendums in the fall to determine the community’s sentiment on allowing retail marijuana sales.

Councilor Ed Glaser has sponsored two items to be considered at the council’s Sept. 10 meeting.

One would ask voters whether they support retail marijuana sales in Rockland. The other would ask whether retail sales should be allowed downtown.

Rockland voters supported a November 2016 statewide referendum to allow retail marijuana sales by a 2,012 to 1,533 tally. State law, however, requires the legislative bodies of each municipality to opt in for such sales.

Rockland has yet to vote on retail sales. The city council is Rockland’s legislative body.

The proposal for the referendums comes after the Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 20 meeting for a 60-day moratorium on any additional medical marijuana production facilities. The council will also vote Sept. 10 on a separate six-month moratorium.

The councilors who supported the moratorium said it was needed to give the city time to review its regulations and to prevent medical marijuana facilities from being turned into retail shops without city approval.

One medical marijuana facility has been approved for 500 Main St. Three other applications are on hold because of the emergency 60-day moratorium. Those proposals are for 266 Main St.; 12 Moran Drive; and 11 Lime St.

Rockland Main Street Inc. conducted a survey in the fall of 2016 in which nearly half the people responding said they did not want a marijuana

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