Pepperell Planning Board eyes marijuana zoning bylaw

PEPPERELL — Recreational marijuana stores have a shot at coming to Pepperell, but locals want to know where specifically in town.

The Pepperell Planning Board hosted a public hearing Monday night at the Pepperell Senior Center regarding a proposed zoning bylaw amendment to regulate the location of the shops.

Though Pepperell voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana when the subject was on the statewide ballot in 2016, the proposed bylaw amendment would permit the placement of marijuana-related businesses only in certain zoning districts, and require a special permit be issued by the Planning Board.

The proposed amendment would permit marijuana retailers in the town’s industrial and commercial districts, while other businesses, including marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana research facilities and marijuana transporters, would only be allowed in the industrial district. The amendment would also prohibit marijuana consumption at any licensed marijuana establishment in town.

The proposed amendment would see the Planning Board impose

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