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Ban pot sales in Holliston? Rezone downtown? Spend $60,000,000????

by Mary Greendale
April 26, 2017

Ban pot sales in Holliston? Rezone downtown? Spend $60,000,000????

The Annual Town Meeting is on May 8th, 7:30 pm at the High School. If you want to hear what is behind the articles on the warrant, please check out “Just Thinking…”.

Town Administrator Jeff Ritter and Selectman Jay Leary reviewed the warrant with me, and the show is available on television and online. Among the articles is the $60,000,000 omnibus, which is the line item budget for all town departments. But we also have some major things to consider.

Let me point out two that I think are particularly important; one is a recommendation by the Planning Board to rezone downtown from the Woodland/Washington Streets intersection all the way to Water Street to clean up some spot-zoning that has evolved over the years. With a yes vote, this area would be zoned Village Commercial and eliminate the scattered industrial and agricultural-residential sites we now have. The changes will enable us to maximize the economic development that can happen as the Rail Trail reaches completion, which will help to broaden our tax base, in my opinion.

Another major question on the Town Meeting warrant will also appear on the May 23rd election ballot. This article asks if we should ban the retail sales of marijuana in Holliston. People would have the right to buy and use marijuana, as prescribed by state laws, but the article aims to prevent the selling of marijuana from our local stores. The Holliston Police support a ban.

Marijuana will be legal but that doesn’t mean it has to be sold in every town in the state. I have to leave Holliston to get to a full-sized grocery store and have for 50 years. Why does it have to be easier to buy marijuana? (That’s my humble opinion.)

There are many other articles that need our attention. Town Meeting is critical to the function of our government and all voters are “expected” to participate. Please do your part and attend.

Anyway, you can watch the show online at https://hcat.viebit.com/player.php?hash=D5882TKYxr8X or on television, HCAT TV, Verizon Channel 32 and Comcast 8.

 

 

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Comments (5)

I guess my only issue is these will roll out in stages so if Holliston were to get one of the first ones to open than you will have people coming from all over the State to shop. That would create a traffic nightmare. I would not ban it but I would put it on hold and see how things shake out. Holliston needs the $$.

- Billy Littlefield | 4/28/17 9:19 AM

You can also watch Just Thinking-Town Warrant 2017 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NVsoH_ezB0g

- Bruce Gilfoy | 4/27/17 2:17 PM

>I have to leave Holliston to get to a full-sized grocery store and have for 50 years. Why does it have to be easier to buy marijuana? (That's my humble opinion.) Are you really comparing a full-sized grocery store's impact on overall surrounding areas, traffic and environment to what's essentially a liquor store-sized establishment?

- Antonio Picard | 4/27/17 12:33 PM

It should be exactly like the liquor stores. For example, we have a town of 15,000 residents, but we have 5 liquor stores (including the wine and beer stores). Have you ever seen anyone loitering outside these stores consuming their beverages? I have not. I can imagine the weed store being the same, especially since public consumption of weed is still not legal.

- Vince Packard | 4/26/17 6:44 PM

I believe pot sales come with a local tax as well as state tax. But if you have one store I am not sure if the revenue would be worth it. I think the local tax is 1 or 2 percent. This will be a lot different than the medical stores. Those you need an appt and its very regulated to get you in and out. Not really sure how a retail store would be. Would people be hanging around, etc. I am pro pot but at the end of the day I do not think Holliston is the right town for this business. But if this keeps gaining steam it will be like liquor stores are today with one or two in every town.

- Billy Littlefield | 4/26/17 7:37 AM

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