December 12

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The Republican Newsroom By The Republican Newsroom
on December 08, 2013 at 8:22 PM, updated December 08, 2013 at 8:29 PM


The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will unveil a model medical marijuana bylaw Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton.

The model bylaw will be the featured topic at the meeting, which will include a panel discussion presented by PVPC Senior Land Use Planner Larry Smith; lawyers Robert Carp and Steven Cottens, executive directors of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensers’ Association, Inc.; and Lee Smith, Sertac Ozdogru, and Jason Cullinan of Canasmith, who are experienced in medical marijuana cultivation.

With the passage of the November 2012 ballot referendum approving the use of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, and the state Department of Public Health’s subsequent adoption of regulations implementing the Act for the Humanitarian Use of Marijuana, PVPC is offering this model as a way for local communities to comply with the state legislation and regulations and to ensure that such facilities are an asset and fit in with a community’s overall land use plans.

The model bylaw was developed by a working group of the Valley Development Council, a group of builders, planners, housing advocates, and others committed to promoting smart growth principles in the Pioneer Valley, serving as community liaisons for advancing the strategies of the Valley Vision land use plan in the region.

For a copy of the model bylaw, contact PVPC Senior Land Use Planner Larry Smith at (413) 781-6045 or [email protected]