Zoning ordinance amendment banning medical marijuana dispensaries to go to public hearing

By Aaron Keebaugh


A proposed amendment to a city zoning ordinance, which would ban medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in Revere, will come up for a public hearing at the council meeting this Monday night.

Voters throughout the state during the November election solidly backed a plan to allow medical marijuana to be sold from licensed dispensaries to patients who qualify for the drug. The new law went into effect January 1.

In an early December meeting, Coucillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto filed a motion that would not allow dispensaries from opening within Revere city limits to the city council. Zambuto, at the time, said that he hoped the ordinance would go to a public hearing later that month so that, if passed by the council, the ordinance would be in place before the law took effect.

But now that the time is come and gone without such a hearing, no dispensary has yet opened in Revere that he knew of, Zambuto said Wednesday.

“I think most people are with us,” Zambuto said, adding that he hasn’t heard of any resistance to the proposal.

A similar issue is taking place in Revere’s Essex-county neighbor to the north. Earlier this month, Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy vetoed a Lynn city council zoning ordinance that limited where dispensaries could open. The ordinance, which passed with an 8–2 vote, bans dispensaries from opening within 1,000 feet of homes, parks, playgrounds, and schools. Kennedy opposed the ordinance because of its “suspected unconstitutionality.”

But as for the more restrictive Revere ordinance, Zambuto said that the proposal is “on solid legal ground” after consulting with the city solicitor.

That’s because the new law only requires Suffolk County to have one medical marijuana dispensary, Zambuto said. And Boston will likely have one or even more of such dispensaries to fulfill the law, he added.

“I feel pretty good about it, but we’ll see what happens Monday,” the councillor said. He opined, “We don’t want one; we don’t need one in Revere.”

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