Vt town proposes anti-marijuana dispensary measure

WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A proposed ordinance in the Vermont town of Weathersfield would ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating, as well as businesses that sell tobacco-related paraphernalia.

The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1a69cHw) under the draft ordinance presented Tuesday night, a dispensary is “any facility or location where marijuana is acquired,” and establishments that sell paraphernalia are defined as “any premises where drug and tobacco paraphernalia is displayed for sale.”

Weathersfield resident Mark Ostrom, who helped draft the ordinance, said the language is almost verbatim to one adopted on the same subject in Ludlow this year. But others feel the issues of the dispensary and tobacco paraphernalia issues should be kept separate.

The state legalized medical marijuana in 2004, and the first medical marijuana dispensaries opened this summer.

Supporters of the proposed ordinance became concerned this summer after the Magic Mushroom, a store that sells smoking paraphernalia and adult novelties, settled into a larger storefront off of Route 5.

Melanie Sheehan of Weathersfield, director of community health outreach at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, said the group would rework the proposal to provide more clarity.

“We care about our kids and we care about the future of our village. We don’t want it to become Anywhere, U.S.A.,” she said before the meeting.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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