Brockton City Councilors vote to table marijuana issue, voice anger at mayor
Brockton Councilor At-large Robert Sullivan, along with several colleagues, blasted Mayor Bill Carpenter’s rollout of proposals for legalized marijuana in the city during a public meeting on Monday night. The councilors voted to table a proposed zoning ordinance for medical marijuana. Sullivan said that the marijuana proposals were filed the day after a City Council Finance Committee last week, when the city solicitor told the city councilors that the plans were still under review, and that he would “absolutely” send the proposals to the City Council when they were ready. “It’s a slap in the face to each and everyone of us here,” Sullivan said.
Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_Marc
BROCKTON – It was reefer (-related) madness at the Brockton City Council meeting on Monday night.
Several members of the 11-person City Council spoke out against the administration of Mayor Bill Carpenter for the way legalized marijuana zoning proposals were rolled out by City Hall last week. They also voted on an 8-3 basis to table a proposal to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in commercially zoned areas around the city.
Councilor At-large Robert Sullivan spoke in strong terms, stating that he was “dismayed” by the actions of Carpenter, the Brockton Planning Department and City Solicitor Philip Nessralla, who last Monday told the City Council Finance Committee that he would share the zoning ordinance plans with City Council soon as they were ready. One day later, Sullivan said, Carpenter announced his administration’s plans for legalized marijuana in a speech at Bridgewater State University, with the zoning proposals filed in the morning at the Brockton City Clerk’s Office.
“We were misled,” Sullivan said. “That’s bogus. That’s shenanigans. … What happened last week was inappropriate. It should never happen again. … It’s a slap in the face to each and