Update on New Marijuana Statute

On March 10, MMLA presented a program at Clark University in Worcester, entitled “The New Marijuana Law—How Municipalities Can (and Should) Respond”.  The program, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, attracted over 150 attendees, making it one of MMLA’s largest events.  Participants included municipal counsel, town administrators and managers, municipal and regional planners, and members of planning boards, ZBAs, and Boards of Health.

The MMLA program panelists included Attorney Brandon Moss; Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley, Director of the Municipal Law Unit; Sarah Kim and Shawn Collins, the General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, respectively, in the Office of the State Treasurer; and Jeffrey Bagg, Principal Planner for the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission.  The panel was moderated by MMLA Executive Board member John Goldrosen.  The panelists provided a legal overview of the statute, information on the Attorney General’s and State Treasurer’s roles, and the panelists’ perspectives on the issues to be addressed at the municipal level.  The program concluded with an extended question-and-answer period.

The following materials were distributed at the program:

Power Point Presentation by Jeff Bagg
MMLA Letter to Governor Baker
MMLA Informational Memo to Municipal Attorneys
MMLA Information Memo to Municipal Officials
Overview of the New Law by Brandon Moss
Session Laws, Chapter 334
Session Laws, Chapter 351
West Bridgewater, Letter of Attorney General
Westborough, Letter of Attorney General
Westborough, Ballot Question

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