Williamstown has two bylaw proposals that may conflict with each other. Many places are concerned with the amount of odor coming from marijuana grows that are done outdoors. One bylaw is to ban it all together within city limits. The other has written it so tightly that the grows are restricted only to an acre of plants. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Williamstown has two bylaws that could compete with each other in order to be ratified.
  • One bylaw would make it illegal to grow cannabis outdoors inside the city limits.
  • The other would restrict it to only an acre of plants.

Quote: “The Planning Board this week advanced a proposal that would update some of the language in a 2017 town bylaw, establish guidelines for odor control at indoor pot growing facilities and ban outdoor commercial cannabis production in town. Meanwhile, the Agricultural Commission is going forward with a plan to propose a competing bylaw amendment that would allow outdoor production by special permit and with more restrictive setback requirements than currently in place.” (Dravis, 2020)

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The planning board in Williamstown was told to expect to see a proposal that could allow the growing of Marijuana in outdoor spaces. It is expected that it will encounter counter arguments where it will be argued that all outdoor growing of marijuana should be banned outright. The original laws were focused on indoor production. An application from MassFlora for an indoor/outdoor growing facility met with strong opposition and was withdrawn but not before it sparked the question if it should be allowed at all.

Key Takeaways:
A proposal for outdoor growing in Williamstown is expected to be presented.
It is expected that there will be strong arguments both for and against it.
Odor seems to be an issue again with the cultivation of marijuana outdoors as it has been with other areas.

Quote: “Boyd said the Planning Board had a draft bylaw that allowed outdoor cultivation under heavily regulated conditions but decided the town wanted an outright ban. But then she added that thinking could change.” (Dravis, 2020)

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A planning board in Hatfield is planning to make amendments to its zoning ordinances for marijuana production. Cronin Hill and Depot residents were worried about a 6.8-acre development being spearheaded by a company named Urban Grown Inc. It brought to light that it might have to make changes such as the proposed zoning ordinance changes.

Key Takeaways:

  • A planning board in Hatfield has a plan to place restrictions on how close marijuana crops can be grown in residential zones.
  • The zoning amendment says that no marijuana can be grown within 500 ft of a pre-existing residential use, not in the same lot.
  • The plan came together because of a grower’s plan to use a 6.8-acre area that was near Depot and Cronin Hill. The residents had concerns about the development for various reasons not cited in the article.
  • Quote: “The bylaw changes wouldn’t affect the indoor grow category, which is allowed in business, industrial and light industrial zones. It also doesn’t prohibit a farmer or an employee from living at a dwelling on site that is next to the crops. ” (Merzbach, 2020)

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