NORTHAMPTON — The board of health met Thursday to address the hazy legal issue of marijuana retail, discussing proposed state regulations and whether they sufficiently address public health and safety concerns.
The state Cannabis Control Commission issued a draft resolution in December detailing guidelines for future marijuana businesses. Local communities have the option of creating additional regulations.
“You don’t have to have any type of local control, but you can,” said Meredith O’Leary, the city’s director of public health, in an interview. O’Leary explained that the board was “trying to sift through” whether it should adopt further guidelines for local retailers.
Board members agreed Thursday to take first steps towards action. A list of concerns not addressed by draft state regulations will be drawn up and submitted to the City Council for review, said board of health Chairwoman Joanne Levin.
Should the board decide further regulation is necessary, it would draft legislation, likely holding public hearings before voting to pass it.
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