Our Opinion: Moratoriums have limits

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Moratoriums have limits

By rejecting requests by Natick, Plymouth and Rochester to extend their moratoriums on marijuana sales, Attorney General Maura Healey put towns in Massachusetts on notice Monday that they cannot count on leniency if their rules for the sale of recreational marijuana are not in place when their moratoriums end. By declaring that extensions "must be tied to an ongoing planning need," the AG implied that the three towns were stalling on instituting marijuana sales rather than laying the groundwork for them. Eight Berkshire communities approved moratoriums and officials in those towns appear to be moving forward in good faith to establish rules on where recreational marijuana can be sold. Egremont requested an extension of its moratorium until June 30, 2019 which won't be granted automatically. Berkshire towns whose extensions are denied could face a situation in which pot shops begin applying for local approval before rules are set. Better to have the rules established when the moratorium ends.


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