Town still has rules to finesse on marijuana

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — Marijuana’s retail premiere this summer has left local governments with plenty of questions about how it will fit into their communities, and even Great Barrington, which voted on some fairly comprehensive regulations at their annual town meeting, still has some unanswered.

The Select Board Monday night said they would set a meeting with the Planning Board in the future to address updating some zoning policy and beginning discussion about potentially setting a limit on the number of marijuana retailers the town will entertain, considering that they currently have four applicants.

They also discussed questions they’d like to pose to future applicants for retail locations. Select Board member Kate Burke said she’d like to see the town asking for much of the same information as the state.

“I’ve been trying to think of us this is terms of licensing a liquor store. The state handles that process, and so I was also looking at what the state requires in terms of a liquor license. I think because we’re new to this we should be asking for as much as we can,” Burke said.