New England News
2:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

AG Says Massachusetts Towns Can Not Ban Marijuana Centers

The Massachusetts Attorney General says towns can not impose a total ban on marijuana treatment centers.

   The attorney general’s office said an outright ban conflicts with the medical marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last year.  Communities can adopt zoning-by-laws to regulate the location of the dispensaries, and temporary moratoriums are ok to allow for time to put the zoning in place. Michael Cutler is an attorney in Northampton, who represents several clients looking to open marijuana treatment centers.

   The first medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in Massachusetts later this year.