PLYMOUTH – The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restrict smoking marijuana on publicly owned or town-leased property.
Mayor Joe Kilduff said that the vote came following a March 14 public hearing at town hall.
“While there was some difference of opinion on whether we should allow the retail sale of marijuana in town, there wasn’t a lot of pushback to restricting cannabis use in public spaces,” he said.
Kilduff said that, essentially, the town will be amending its existing policies on the smoking of tobacco products and the consumption of alcohol in public spaces to include cannabis now that it has been legalized.
“The town code does still allow for certain exemptions,” he said. “If the library is doing a wine tasting that is still something that we want to allow. The mayor also has the ability to grant an exemption in certain circumstances, such as providing an area in town hall for municipal employees to smoke tobacco products.”
Kilduff said that he plans to “circle back” to the issue of the retail sale of cannabis products at another public hearing, which he said that he plans to schedule at the end of this month. The exact date and time of that hearing will be announced in the future.
“By that point, we should have a draft ordinance prepared,” said Kilduff. “We should be able to put a wrap on this by the end of the month.”
The state legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 or older on June 1 of last year. Since then, some local communities have been establishing ordinances related to the sale of marijuana within their municipalities. Many have also established ordinances prohibiting the smoking of marijuana in certain public places.
Plymouth’s new policy falls in line with many in area communities.
Bristol’s ordinances ban the smoking of marijuana in parks and other recreational spaces. In New Britain, the city also voted to restrict smoking marijuana on city property this January.
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