FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council will be debating and voting on a general and zoning ordinance related to recreational marijuana businesses in Framingham tonight at its meeting.
The meeting starts at 7 in the Blumer om in the Memorial Building.
The Marijuana Task Force, working with the Framingham Planning Board, has produced an overlay district for these marijuana businesses along Routes 9 and 30.
The district includes Framingham Center and Framingham State University, but there may be an amendment presented to remove this section of Route 9 from the zoning map.
A vote will also be taken on how many recreational marijuana shops there will be in this overlay district.
The current recommendation is for 6 recreational marijuana businesses equal to 20 perceent of the City of Framingham’s liquor licenses.
A few Council members prefer to start with a smaller number and then evaluate any issues or problems that may arise before increasing the number.
Framingham has the option to have less than 6 or even none by presenting the question to the people of Framingham at a regular or special election.
Framingham currently has a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses, while it decides on zoning.
In 2016, Framingham voters, as well as voters in the Commonwealth, voted to make recreational marijuana legal.
Framingham Selectmen granted two medical marijuana licenses. So Framingham, must allow a minimum of 2 recreational marijuana businesses.
This map featured, provided by District 8 City Councilor Judy Grove, shows how the various Towns and Cities near Framingham have voted on having recreational marijuana businesses in their communities.
It was produced by the City of Newton, which is Blue on the map. In Newton, 20 percent of their alcohol licenses would be 8.
The Newton City Council proposed 2-4 instead but Newton’s citizens wanted none and collected enough signatures to put a question on a ballot for none. They Council has not taken a vote yet.
The color Red indicates these towns have opted out of having any recreational marijuana shops.
The color White indicate it is “in” or “unknown.”
The color Yellow indicates these towns have a current moratorium. This includes Framingham.
It is important that concerned citizens of Framingham attend tonight’s meeting and express their views on this critically important issue which will affect our community for decades to come, said District 8 City Councilor Judy Grove.