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Pittsfield Considers Capping Marijuana Establishments at 10

The city is considering capping the number of marijuana retailers at 10. The Department of Community Development has proposed zoning regulations to guide where an establishment can go. Those regulations would cap the number of retailers at 10, three more than the required minimum.

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Lanesborough Swiftly Approve Marijuana Bylaws, New Tractor

Town meeting swiftly approved new marijuana bylaws and the purchase of a new tractor Tuesday night. Few people attended the special town meeting which had only those two items on the agenda. Within 10 minutes, both items were approved.

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North Adams Marijuana Working Group Readies Ordinance for Council

The nearly dozen-member board was charged by Mayor Thomas Bernard to prepare an ordinance over three meetings in January with the purpose of having something on the books by the time the state begins accepting applications for cannabis facilities in April.

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Lanesborough Approves Plan to Hire EMTs in Highway Department

The employees would do work with the Highway Department but if there is a call, the worker would leave the job and handle the call as an EMT.

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Williamstown Select Board Agrees to Not Oppose Medical Pot Dispensary

The proposal has been a main topic of conversation for the board for months, and last week it hosted a public forum to gauge community reaction to Joshua Silver's proposal.

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North Adams Holding Public Hearing on Marijuana Ordinance

Mayor Thomas Bernard made the development of the ordinance a priority, creating the working group in his first weeks as mayor and informing the City Council he expected to have a draft presented to councilors in February.

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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations

With the successful passage of a retail cannabis bylaw, town officials are now starting to look at a fee structure for all the licensing and inspections that will need to happen.

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Williamstown Officials Seek Public Comment on Marijuana

The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.

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Mayor Bernard Plans Working Group to Tackle Marijuana Regs

In his communication to the City Council, the mayor said he expects the working group to meet at least three times during the month of January and provide a draft to the council in February.

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Adams Sets Special Town Meeting on Marijuana Bylaw

The Selectmen have set a special town meeting for Monday, March 5, chiefly to vote on a new marijuana bylaw and other outstanding items.

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Clarksburg Passes Pot, Solar Bylaws; Nixes School District Article

Nine of the 10 articles on the warrant were passed by significant margins by the 77 voters present and changed several zoning bylaws and set regulations for marijuana producation and sales, including allowing for more retail locations, and limited solar array locations.

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Adams Planning Board Recommends Marijuana Bylaw

The board made some final changes to the bylaw late last month and agreed that retailers can only locate in the downtown, or B-2 district, if they receive a special permit from the Planning Board. They can't be located closer than 250 feet from schools, day-care centers or other areas where minors commonly congregate and are the population primarily served by the facility.

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North Adams Planners Do Not Recommend Recreation Marijuana Moratorium

During a joint Planning Board and City Council public hearing Monday, the Planning Board heard from councilors and residents alike who were opposed to delaying a possible recreational marijuana facility from moving into the community.

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Clarksburg Reviews Raft of Bylaws for Pot, Zoning, Solar Arrays

The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January. The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.

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Adams Marijuana Bylaw Moved to Public Hearing

Originally some members wanted to keep the state's buffer zone of 500 feet, however this would lock all possible retailers out of the downtown. The Planning Board brought the distance down to 300 feet but ultimately compromised at 250 feet.

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Cheshire to Eliminate Insurance For Elected Officials

The Selectmen plan to create a new policy that would eliminate health insurance coverage for part-time elected and appointed officials. During a workshop meeting Tuesday on setting town goals, the officials agreed that in the near future they will have to make a decision on insurance.

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Williamstown Selectmen Seek 'Data' on Legalized Pot Impact

The Board of Selectmen wants to go west for information about how to deal with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana. On Monday, the board revisited the question of what kinds of local fees to attach to the sale of pot if and when a purveyor opens shop in the town next year.

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Attorney Guides Towns on Local Options For Marijuana Regulation

Attorney Raymond Miyares is advising towns to adopt moratoriums on recreational marijuana six months ago. Miyares is town council for a number of towns across the state. He says the timeline for implementation of recreational marijuana is putting towns in the position of being "stampeded" with little chance to regulate it.

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Pittsfield Councilors Reject Putting Marijuana Ban on Ballot

City officials say the vote on recreational marijuana was already taken and it doesn't need to go before voters again. The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee fielded a petition from local Attorney William Barry requesting a ban on recreational marijuana establishments.

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Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban

Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and sales of the drug in town.

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Pittsfield Considering Putting Ban On Recreational Marijuana To Vote

The City Council will consider putting a referendum on the ballot to ban the sale of recreational marijuana. Local attorney Bill Barry put forth a petition to ban marijuana retail shops. However, when he wrote it that was before the state had passed a reworked version of the law which requires such a measure to go to a citywide vote in communities that passed the question on the statewide ballot.

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Adams Planners Continue Marijuana Bylaw Discussion

The bulk of Monday's board workshop focused on where a medical marijuana retail facility could be located, however, with no consensus, the members agreed to look at a draft bylaw and come to compromise at a future meeting.

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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill

Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday. Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.

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Eversource Plans Second Solar Array On Partridge Road

Eversource is backing out of building a solar array off North Main. Instead, the company is now pursuing a similar sized project off Partridge Road. The Planning Board gave its approval for a 6.6 megawatt array on Partridge Road, near the Pittsfield border and the Berkshire Mall Road. The estimated $10 million project is going to be located near a 2.2-megawatt array on land Eversource owns in Pittsfield.

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