AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - The town of Amherst will soon start considering where to place medical marijuana dispensaries. When it comes to establishing and operating a dispensary, there are many phases to this process.
First it starts at the state level. The Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for those looking to operate a dispensary must follow.
There is also a local process to this new law, and that is the re-zoning of neighborhoods. Local planning boards will have to approve the use of a dispensary in their respective communities.
On Wednesday, the town of Amherst will hold a meeting to start talking about possible locations. Some people are pushing for these treatment centers to be away from schools.
“I think that gives a negative message,” said Dave Moriarty of Amherst. “That we have, but we're going to hide it. If we're going to have, we're going to have it.”
Pat May of Amherst said, “I don't have a problem with it. I think if it's a dispensary it should be, you know, regulated so it's run correctly.”
“I would rather it be in a drug store. It is medical. I think medical supervision is what's best,” said Bette Moriarty of Amherst.
The state will allow at least one, but no more than five, dispensaries in each county.
Amherst's Planning Director says there will be an opportunity for public input during a planning board meeting on August 21st.