Great Barrington Select board finalizes pot recommendations

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON— The select board has made its final amendments to the marijuana regulations that will go before the town meeting for vote in two weeks.

The biggest change, and the one that has been most contentious, is the select board’s position that marijuana cultivation facilities should always need a special permit and that the select board should be the special permit granting authority.

The Planning Board has repeatedly disagreed with the select board on this matter. The Planning Board wants fewer situations to require a special permit and wants to be the special permit granting authority themselves. The two boards are more closely in agreement on regulations for retail.

Planning Board member Jonathan Hankin has repeatedly criticized the select board’s actions and stance on marijuana cultivation. He said their version of the bylaw is too conservative in granting rights to marijuana businesses.

For the full story, pick up an issue of this week’s Berkshire Record.

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