PLYMOUTH – The town council voted unanimously to ban the retail sale of marijuana Thursday following a public hearing.
Mayor Joe Kilduff said that he was glad about the way the vote went. A public hearing was previously held March 14 at town hall, during which Kilduff said that many residents voiced their opposition to the retail sale of marijuana.
“Many residents felt that they didn’t want to see a store front on Main Street,” he said. “They didn’t feel like that was something we needed in Plymouth. I tend to agree that the community wouldn’t want that and I want to try to be responsive to residents’ wishes.”
After the state legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 or over last June, many local communities have been setting their own ordinances. The town council had also previously voted April 5 to ban the smoking of marijuana on publically owned or town-leased property.
Kilduff said at the time that the town amended 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.
During Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Joe Kilduff announced several other updates for the town.
The town also authorized the use of up to $90,000 in ARPA funds to build a kitchen for American Legion Post 20. Keith Golnik, commander of the local American Legion, said that construction of the kitchen will begin in the next few weeks. Having a fully functional kitchen, he said, will be a great asset for Legion events.
“Currently, we are paying to have food brought in or we have a limited ability to cook with outside grills or boilers using a temporary permit,” he said. “We are very thankful to the dedicated members of our town council, boards and commissions for making this possible.”
The council also voted to approve “next generation” computers for the police department and two Lucas compression devices, which will assist with providing CPR, for the local ambulances.
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