Dalton News: Select Board approves annual town meeting warrant
The Select Board has approved the annual town meeting warrant, setting the stage for the town to define its handling of recreational marijuana.
Dalton residents will vote on recreational marijuana-related issues at their meeting May 7 at 7 p.m. at Wahconah Regional High School. The board approved the warrant March 19.
A proposal to extend the recreational marijuana moratorium in town from June 30 to Dec. 31 is on the table, as are general bylaw amendments.
One bylaw amendment would prohibit possession of an open container of marijuana or marijuana products in the passenger area of a motor vehicle in an area controlled, owned, leased or occupied by the town or where the public has a right of access.
The other forbids public consumption of marijuana or marijuana products.
Massachusetts approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016, and Dalton voters narrowly approved that question, with 51 percent in favor.
Ward 1 had 53.1 percent of votes in favor, while Ward 2 had 48.9 percent.
A total of 3,416 votes were cast. Voters also will consider establishing revolving funds and reauthorizing employment agreements with the highway/cemetery superintendent, the highway/cemetery foreman and the police sergeant.
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