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Egremont plans public session to air recreational pot concerns

EGREMONT — The Planning Board will set a date next month to discuss recreational marijuana with the public in order to gauge public opinion.

The board is aiming for March 23 to hold the meeting, which it intends to take place in the fire house.

The date is not yet set in stone, but the board is looking to hold a Saturday meeting in order to ensure that residents will be able to attend.

“I really want to see the community,” Planning Board Chair Lucinda Vermeulen said.

Snacks and refreshments will likely be provided, the board said. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will be asked to attend the meeting, which they had said in previous discussions that they would be happy to do.

The board is hoping to determine what the town’s concerns and wishes are in terms of zoning, what uses to allow, and where to allow them.

Mary Brazie, a select board member, stressed that the board should avoid using “negative language” such as “ban” in order to avoid eliciting strong reactions and arguments.

The board will likely be avoiding discussing their own opinions. Vermeulen stressed the importance of avoiding discussing opinion or putting out ideas in order to get the town’s genuine opinion without guiding them.

Joel Williams
Covering Lenox, Sheffield, and Stocbridge. Send me a tip at jwilliamsbr@gmail.com
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