Retail marijuana businesses could be coming to Southampton

Hampshire County

One local town is closer to seeing marijuana shops open for business. 

There are several western Massachusetts towns that already sell marijuana and Southampton could be added to that list. 

At a meeting Tuesday night, voters approved five articles pertaining to recreational and medical marijuana sales in Southampton. 

This includes a three percent tax on the sale of marijuana products. 

The planning board approved the five articles relating to the town’s marijuana bylaws at a meeting in December. 

The other articles included setting a limit on the number of marijuana shops allowed in the town, and a $300 fine if you are caught with marijuana in public. 

“How the market plays out, who knows,” said Ed Gibson, Southampton town administrator. “It’s been successful in Northampton and Easthampton and in the east but at one point will the market saturate itself? We don’t know but they are welcome at this point.”

You will still need a special permit to open a pot shop, and would need approval from the Southampton Planning Board.

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