Will Brockton cash in on Green Rush of retail marijuana?
With several surrounding communities voting to outlaw retail marijuana shops, the city of Brockton is poised to cash in on the budding industry. Mayor Bill Carpenter is bullish on the idea. But at least once member of the Brockton City Council said the city is moving too fast, calling for a citywide vote on whether to allow recreational pot stores. According to the city solicitor, initial versions of the city’s proposed recreational marijuana ordinance calls for an overlay district in downtown Brockton, with a stipulation that sales should take place on the second floor of the stores.
Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_Marc
BROCKTON – Brockton is poised to welcome a green rush of retail marijuana sales and the tax revenue it could potentially bring with it.
One proposal being considered calls for a downtown Brockton zoning overlay district, according to the city solicitor, calling for sales to be restricted to the second floor of pot shops. The idea is to keep recreational marijuana sales away from residential areas in the city, while also contributing to the revival of downtown Brockton, the city solicitor said.
But at least one city councilor is pumping the brakes, calling for a citywide vote on the budding industry.
City Solicitor Philip Nessralla said the Brockton Law Department is currently reviewing ordinance proposals put together by the Brockton Planning Department, after the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission filed its final version of the state’s recreational marijuana regulations on March 9.
“We’ve been working on that, but now we’ll start accelerating it after we know where the state stands,” said Nessralla, speaking to The Enterprise on Friday. “The Planning Department considered an overlay district where it would allow those sales so they are not encroaching on residential areas. I think they are designed … to be a