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Cheshire Town Meeting Approves $6.6M Budget, Rejects Pot Bylaws

Voters did approve amended versions of the 16 other articles on the annual town meeting warrant during a nearly three-hour session held in the Hoosac Valley High School gym.

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Williamstown Planners Prioritize Pot, Seek More Community Input

The planners agreed that a redo of the pot bylaw proposal is a priority in the next half year leading up to May's annual town meeting.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Issues Third Special Permit for a Pot Shop

Sparkboro Wellness, which lists a Pittsfield business address and Steve Pennisi as president, obtained the necessary town permitting to operate a store in a former garage at 1017 Simonds Road (Route 7).

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Williamstown Town Meeting Rejects Pot Bylaws

Williamstown's four-hour annual town meeting Tuesday likely will have the result of the Planning Board taking up the night's most contentious issue for another go at the 2021 annual town meeting.

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Letter: Vote Yes on 33, No on 34

We should not agree to postpone Article 33 until next year's town meeting. We'll need Article 33's insurance in the meantime against the intense development pressures we've already seen big cannabis bring to town.

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Letter: Reefer Madness in Williamstown

The days of prohibition are over: today distilleries, breweries and vineyards are popular lucrative tourist attractions. Soon enough, we will realize that niche marijuana growing presents that same opportunity. Let's protect our Williamstown farmers' rare chance to do more than break even.

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Letter: Postpone Pot Vote in Williamstown

Two conflicting, confusing, and deficient articles are posted to the town warrant this year. The two articles were drafted without proper community input in one case and technical finesse in another.

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Williamstown Planners Advise Town Meeting Postpone Action on Pot Bylaws

In a split decision on Tuesday, the Planning Board voted to recommend town meeting take no action on either of the proposed zoning bylaw amendments related to the production of marijuana.

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Letter: No Complaints in Sheffield on Outdoor Pot Farms

Digging a little deeper, the issues were typically associated with large industrial-scale operations, almost always with indoor production facilities, predominately in western states with far less stringent regulations than Massachusetts.

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Letter: Bright Future for Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation in Williamstown

As a small vegetable farmer in Williamstown, I am a strong supporter of the citizens petition on outdoor marijuana cultivation that will be voted on at the Williamstown town meeting on Aug. 18.

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Williamstown Ag Commission Weighs Tabling of Two Pot Bylaw Proposals

The Agricultural Commission on Monday floated the idea of recommending town meeting next week take no action on either marijuana bylaw amendment on the warrant.

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Williamstown Select Board Splits on Town Meeting Pot Articles

The Select Board on Monday was mostly unanimous in its recommendations to town meeting about the items on the annual meeting warrant. But there were a few exceptions principally on an issue that has dominated discussions at the Planning Board for months.

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Pittsfield Panel Wants Public Participation on Pot Growing

The subcommittee voted to table an agenda item Wednesday that would restrict marijuana cultivation in residential zones until meetings can be opened more fully to the public.

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Williamstown Planners Recommend Outdoor Pot Bylaw

Although the board heard from both proponents and opponents of outdoor production during the hearing, it was clear that the winning argument came from the farmers: Marijuana is a legal cash crop that can potentially make their operations more economically viable.

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Williamstown Ag Commission: Outdoor Pot Cultivation Could Help Farm Viability

The Agricultural Commission on Monday discussed its strategy for convincing town meeting to approve a bylaw amendment that allows for the outdoor growth of marijuana under a strict regulatory regime.

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Williamstown May Face Competing Bylaw Proposals on Pot Production

Meanwhile, the Agricultural Commission is going forward with a plan to propose a competing bylaw amendment that would allow outdoor production by special permit and with more restrictive setback requirements than currently in place.

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Williamstown Planning Board May Revive Outdoor Cultivation of Marijuana Plan

One of the articles brings the town's bylaw on non-conforming structures into compliance with the commonwealth's current law on the subject. Another creates a regulatory framework for long and common driveways.

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Pittsfield ZBA Approves Marijuana Cultivator & Retailer

After some discussion Wednesday over odor and parking concerns, the ZBA approved the request with the needed supermajority vote.

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Pittsfield Approves Industrial Park Pot Cultivator's Site Plan

The Community Development Board approved a site plan from Berkshire Kind, which plans to cultivate marijuana in the William Stanley Business Park.

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Pittsfield Planners Say No To Eliminating Pot Growth In Residential Zones

The board reached the compromise amendment Tuesday that would allow outdoor marijuana cultivation in residential districts as long as they are 500 feet away from homes.

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Pittsfield Panel Continues Marijuana Zoning Restriction Decision

The Community Development Board continued a hearing giving it more time to consider a zoning amendment that would essentially eliminate outdoor marijuana cultivation in residential neighborhoods.

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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Seymour Street Marijuana Cultivator Hearing

The brief meeting on Wednesday was to act on the request of proposed indoor marijuana cultivators who asked to continue the hearing until February.

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Williamstown Planning Board Weighing New Pot Bylaw

The Planning Board last week heard from several residents who want it to prohibit outdoor production of marijuana in the language of an updated bylaw the board intends to send to May's annual town meeting.

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Pittsfield ZBA Approves Marijuana Retailer Plan Changes

Pure Botanicals LLC plans presented plans last week to build a two-story structure at 239 West St. to facilitate retail, storage, and office space.

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