Originally posted on October 5. Updated on October 11, when City press release issued.
FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer signed the zoning bylaws this morning to lift the recreational marijuana moratorium in the City of Framingham.
It was the Mayor’s first public ordinance signing, since she took her office in January.
The Mayor invited the members of the Recreational Marijuana Task Force and the 11-member City Council to the public signing in the Ablondi room in the Memorial Building at 10 am. today, October 5.
District 6 City Councilor Mike Rossi, a member of the Recreational Marijuana Task Force, was given the ceremonial pen, after the signing.
The zoning bylaws, approved by the Framingham City Council, allow for up to six recreational marijuana establishments in the City of Framingham.
All recreational marijuana establishments must be licensed by the state’s department of public health and the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
Plus, each establishment will need a host agreement signed by Mayor Spicer.
“We know this was not an easy task. There were many who strongly favored recreational marijuana and there were those who strongly opposed it, but we have legalized marijuana use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When I assumed Office earlier this year, I made it my practice to allow certain processes to take place and not step in the way of good collaborative work among our government, said Mayor Spicer.
The collaboration of Framingham’s Recreational Marijuana Task Force, City Council and Executive Branch has resulted in the creation of amended by-laws surrounding the zoning and general provisions for the recreational adult-use of marijuana, said the Mayor.
The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act took effect in Massachusetts on December 15, 2016 after a ballot measure for legalization passed in November.
“Through countless hours of dedication between the Office of the Mayor, City Council, Public Schools, Public Health Department, Planning Board, and Police and Fire Departments; a process to regulate the timing, placement and manner of provisions surrounding recreational marijuana was formed. This is an example of local government working at its best to develop a process that members of the Framingham community had voted for. This initiative was made possible from municipal teamwork as well as the vision of residents who were involved in sharing their opinions and navigating among differences of others to create an environment for compromise,” said a City press release issued on October 11.