There will be an election in Belmont on Tuesday, September 25. On the ballot will be a single question. A yes vote will approve a new town Bylaw limiting the number of retail marijuana establishments in Belmont and prohibiting testing, manufacturing and cultivation facilities in Belmont.
The League of Women Voter has done a couple of nice write-ups about it.
See also this video of the LWV forum.
My personal intention is to vote no on the question for three reasons:
- I can understand why people don’t want too many retail establishments, but Belmont is not a priority location for retail marijuana establishments — not a lot of street traffic; not a lot of 20-somethings. So, the limit on the number of retail establishments is not likely to have any impact.
- I am at a loss as to why we would want to prohibit testing or manufacturing businesses — these are not likely to have any impact on the town and we are just turning away tax base.
- Finally, I am generally supportive of a safer, better-regulated marketplace for marijuana, so I’m not eager to impose additional restrictions. The state regulatory scheme is very strong.