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Nearly 150 public officials participated in this half-day conference at Holy Cross. The new regulatory environment relating to marijuana was discussed.
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Jeffrey Bagg, Principal Planner, Central MA Regional Planning Commission, addressing Land Use Planning Issues in Implementing the Statute
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Jeff Bagg asking a key question of the local officials “Do you have an existing medical marijuana by-law?” and identifying the reasons for time, place and manner restrictions concerning marijuana.
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Bird’s eye view of the MJ seminar.
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Jeff Bagg and Margaret Hurley responding to questions from the attendees.
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George Hall and Margaret Hurley taking on the tough questions for municipal regulation
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Margaret Hurley, Director AGO’s Municipal Law Unit, explains the AG’s perspective on municipal regulatory options
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Kathleen Colleary MMLA Vice President assisting local officials during the Q&A period.
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The line of concerned officials grew with many asking 2-3 questions each of the panelists.
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The panel fielded questions for nearly two hours from the attendees, and identified areas where the statute were confusing due to lack of clarity. Panel agreed that the regulations being drafted by the Cannabis Control Commission would be beneficial.
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The panelists received high praise for the seminar entitled, "Implementing the Revised Marijuana Statute – What Municipal Officials Need to Know Now.”
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The panel and attendees engaged in thoughtful questions and answers. Often times, one could see a collective nod among local officials sharing similar concerns for their communities.