CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday moved ahead with plans to draft new bylaws which, if approved by voters, would snuff out any chance of recreational marijuana shops opening in town.
Leading the charge was selectman Dean Nicastro, who noted that 57.6 percent of Chatham voters rejected last year’s petition to legalize recreational marijuana, though a majority of voters across the state approved it. The new law allows towns that rejected the ballot measure to outlaw recreational pot shops within their boundaries.
“I really don’t think the town of Chatham should authorize recreational marijuana establishments within its confines,” Nicastro said. “They are inconsistent with the historic character of the town.” He was careful to note that he does not oppose medicinal marijuana establishments, which are governed by separate statute.
The state’s new cannabis control commission only recently held its first meeting, and will likely take some time to develop regulations for recreational marijuana establishments. But