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New Marlborough residents mixed on marijuana business, survey finds


By Theodore Nappo
NEW MARLBOROUGH— A town-wide survey found that nearly 40 percent of the respondents said they would prefer to prohibit all marijuana businesses.
Another 30.5 percent of respondents would want to allow all marijuana businesses in town, assuming the town votes to allow marijuana in general.
And three-quarters of those answering the survey would prefer new custom-written bylaws for cannabis to be written to regulate marijuana business, according to Daniel Doern, chairman of the cannabis ad-hoc committee.
The cannabis committee recently met with the town’s Planning Board to discuss the results of the survey sent out to townspeople.
Peter Tiso, the Planning Board chairman, said the most popular options for the different possible types of cannabis businesses were retail, craft cooperatives, and micro-businesses.
There was also an evident preference for future marijuana businesses to be locally owned and to be small industries in general. Speaking generally and not for the board, Tiso gave an example scenario, “We could write bylaws about limiting the size of marijuana operations. That’s one of the areas where new bylaws could provide a limit for the size categories,” he said.
The survey was intended to simply get a feel for how members of the town community feel about the possibility of cannabis businesses coming to town. There was not a trend in either direction, Tiso said.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Berkshire Record at a newsstand near you.

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