Selectmen dismiss Marion marijuana dispensary plans

Jan 7, 2020

MARION — Selectmen quickly dismissed a proposal for a recreational marijuana facility by noting that it had not been proposed for the correct location in town.

At a December meeting, representatives from Lighthouse presented plans for a “high-end boutique” dispensary on Route 6 that would hire 20 people and have 50 parking spaces.

At a Jan. 7 meeting, Selectman Norm Hills started the very short discussion by saying that the town’s adult use marijuana bylaw allowed for businesses only in the town’s limited industrial zone, and that the building that Lighthouse was proposing was not in that zone.

Another Selectman, John Waterman, said that he would not support a zoning change for the issue, because he felt that zoning the town was a substantial process that had already been voted on at Town Meeting.

Selectmen did not vote on the proposal, but Town Administrator Jay McGrail said that he would pass on to Lighthouse representatives that the plan was an “area of concern because of the zone.”