Madison Bans Recreational Marijuana Businesses in TownPosted by On

MADISON – The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to ban the commercial growing and sale of marijuana in town during a meeting Monday.

Under the ordinance approved Monday, the town won’t allow any recreational marijuana businesses to open, including cultivators and retailers. The ordinance still allows businesses that solely serve medical marijuana patients, and personal use and growing marijuana is still allowed in town under state law.

There was no discussion of the ordinance before the Monday vote, but in previous meetings and hearings, First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons said the ban on commercial marijuana businesses appeared to be what residents wanted, based on their feedback. 

Lyons said at an April meeting that out of 911 responses, 58 percent of people said they either “oppose” or “strongly oppose” zoning approval for marijuana businesses. She said comments included in those responses cited public safety and traffic concerns.

“There was a strong push in terms of keeping it away from children [and concerns about] public safety threats and enforcement if we were to allow sales,” Lyons said.

Selectman Scott Murphy, who serves as the board’s liaison to Madison Youth and Family Services, said at that meeting that while the ordinance isn’t necessarily about the impact of mairjuana on young people, it’s something he’s concerned about and hears about “all the time.”

“By bringing it closer to our youth, it’s more…

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