Attleboro Councilors to Talk Medical Marijuana

Councilor Jay DiLisio says he wants to get the conversation started. Councilor Jonathan Weydt is also interested in the subject.

Medical marijuana, which Massachusetts voters legalized in November, makes two appearances on the agenda for tonight's Attleboro City Council meeting. The separate items, listed under "new business," are written by City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Jonathan Weydt. 

DiLisio's measure states:

That the council consider a resolution that would include imposing a six-month moratorium on all medical marijuana treatment centers in Attleboro, in order to afford the appropriate amount of time and study of the intricacies of the new state law.

Weydt's measure states:

That the Municipal Council establish an ordinance to be regulated by special permit with the Municipal Council as the Special Permit Granting Authority relative to the use of marijuana for medical purposes and for medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Attleboro. Said ordinance ought to be established by the date upon which the Commonwealth's Department of Public Heath publishes its guidelines regarding Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, currently scheduled for April 2013.

A "new business" item, if approved by the council for further review (which they usually are unanimously, even if councilors do not support the measure), is usually assigned to a council committee for discussion and a recommendation (although sometimes with a detour) for the full council.

The state ballot measure calling for the legalization of medical marijuana was approved in November with 63 percent support. The amount of local support was about the same. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, allows up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Massachusetts by the end of 2013. Up to five are allowed in each county.

DiLisio told Attleboro Patch he placed his item on the agenda as a way to get the conversation started about medical marijuana. He had heard from people on both sides of the issue who had questions about how Attleboro would handle a medical marijuana dispensary.

"It is important to me that those who need access to medical marijuana have the appropriate access and at the same time it is important to keep it away from those who may abuse it," DiLisio wrote in an email. "We have an opportunity to be proactive before the law takes effect to navigate the intricacies of the law." 

He continued, "A short-term moratorium ensures we have appropriate time to craft an ordinance that looks at the sensitive nature of the subject, while being aware of what the voters of the commonwealth voted for in November." 

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall. New business items are usually discussed at the end of council meetings.

Daniel F. Devine December 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM
WAIT! ~ COOK & KIRBY have to find out what KEVIN wants to do first.
Mark December 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Six month moratorium? They do know, I hope, that after that six months the dispensaries will already be located elsewhere, and that Attleboro will have NO recourse to recoup the tax receipts that it's residents will be leaving in other towns, estimated by some to be 8 or 9 figure numbers PER DISPENSARY. Too bad, the interstate would have made it a good place for one...
paul December 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The City of Attleboro always is saying how business friendly they are, prove it! The city should be rolling out the red carpet for a dispensary, the people have spoken. Downtown has plenty of room, wake up city council, don't miss the bus on this!
Sarah December 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Isn't Jay the "Small Business" guy? The one who "wants" business to thrive in Attleboro? Maybe he forgot..... Let the dispensaries go to North Attleboro like all the other good businesses.
FlyingTooLow December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
The closest I have ever seen marijuana come to harming anyone was during an air drop. We brought in 1100 pounds from Jamaica and dropped it in a peanut field in middle Georgia. The bales were dropped from a small plane at 125 feet altitude. One of the bales, about 80 pounds, missed my compadre by only a few feet... but it surely messed up his truck. You can read about it in: Shoulda Robbed a Bank That is my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are.
FlyingTooLow December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Gretchen Robinson December 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
it doesn't take 6 months to prepare for medical marijuana to be dispensed. This sounds like stalling, to me. I never smoke or used marijuana but know that medically it is one of the few things that helps nausea from chemotherapy from cancer treatment as well as certain bowel disorders. If you yourself have ever experienced persistent, unabated, intense, untreated, untreatable (by many medications that medicine uses) nausea, then you'd have a bit more compassion for how real people, yes--in Attleboro--suffer.
Happy Rockerfeller December 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM
That would be Cook, Kirby, Blais and DiLisio are waiting to see what Kevin wants them to do. DiLisio also has to hear from the leaders of the City GOP because he owes them for his election. Jonathan Weydt has the right idea. Bring business and tax revenue to the city that does not require 100% services. It's proven - the voice of the public can prevail. Call all of the city councilors. You can find their telephone numbers on the city website. Make signs and picket the council chambers.
Happy Rockerfeller December 19, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Cook recognized DiLisio first because it suits his own agenda. Weydt actually wrote his new business first from what I heard. And DiLisio started a fight behind the scenes last week. Sara-Lynn is a voice of reason tonight on this issue. Weydt's new business will cause discussion. And thank you Mark Cooper! Cook is so transparent. Weydt's new business will have discussion. Welcome to the campaign season.
Sarah December 19, 2012 at 01:32 AM
** Watching the discussion right now about this topic... COOK! SHUT UP!!!!! If only you brought actual information to the table... please someone in ward 3 run against this clown
Sarah December 19, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I love when other councilors walk all over Jay and the business he brings forward. It happens every time. How about an original thought Jay? (Try to stop being the talking head of the administration.... )
Just sayin' December 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
We have a methadone clinic right in downtown so not sure how I feel about adding a MMD too... and I voted in FAVOR of of medical marijuana. (Yes, a bit NIMBY. Guilty as charged). However, I see no reason why an ordinance can't be drafted by April. Depending on how it is drafted, the location, the additional support needed from the city, and the tax revenue generated this may end up being a great thing for Attleboro. (I want to be able to support this fully and not have a NIMBY feeling about it.) Let's not miss the boat. Indecision *is* a decision after all.
Reason December 19, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Sounds like a great business for the IBP. Maybe we can get the ARA involved and fill a spot in the park.
Daniel F. Devine December 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Daniel F. Devine December 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I agree SARA, Hope Ward 3 voters wake-up!
Wayne Lacroix December 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A moratorium makes no sense. I think Councilor Weydt is on the right track to at least find the appropriate location. I heard Councilor Weydt stated publicly that he voted in favor of question 3 ! Can anyone confirm this?


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