Selectmen seeking moratorium on marijuana business agreements – Special – – New Bedford, MA

LAKEVILLE — Selectmen are pushing for a six-month moratorium on negotiations of any new Host Community Agreements (HCAs) with marijuana-related businesses while they assess the impacts that the half-dozen medical and recreational cannabis growing and processing operations already holding HCAs will have on the town.

The board voted unanimously at its May 6 meeting to ask town counsel to draft a moratorium policy that was expected to be voted into effect at the selectmen’s May 13 meeting.

Chair of Selectmen Mitzi Hollenbeck asked for the board’s support for the temporary ban, which will allow them to consider possible limits on the number of each “type” of cannabis business allowed in Lakeville. The number of retail outlets for recreational, adult use marijuana is already limited to the number of full-time liquor licenses the town can issue.

Hollenbeck noted that any additional local caps on how many cultivation, processing, product manufacturing, and retail

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