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In Valley Green Grow, Inc. v. Charlton, and a companion case, Valley Green Grow, LLC vs. Planning Board of Charlton, the Appeals Court affirmed a Land Court decision which had overturned 2 local decisions of the ZBA and Planning Board. The Appeals Court addressed ” local zoning regulations as they relate to the creation of a large marijuana establishment in the town of Charlton (town). The town’s planning board concluded that the plaintiffs' proposed marijuana establishment constitutes “light manufacturing” as that term is used in the town’s zoning bylaw (bylaw) and, therefore, is not a use allowed in the agricultural and commercial business districts in which the proposed development site is located. On summary judgment, a judge of the Land Court concluded and declared that the proposed use is “an indoor commercial horticulture/floriculture establishment (e.g. greenhouse) use allowed by right” in the two zoning districts.” The case provides a good discussion on marijuana law and local zoning.