Photo: Belmont voters head for the polls today.
Belmont votes today, Sept. 25, in a Special Town Election to determine the direction of a marijuana bylaw approved by Town Meeting in the spring.
What does your vote on the ballot question mean?
A Yes vote allows retail marijuana establishments to be licensed in Belmont and limits the number to 20 percent of the number of “package store” licenses we have issued; currently that calculation would result in up to two licenses. This vote would also prohibit businesses that cultivate, manufacture or test marijuana from being licensed to open in Belmont.
A No vote allows retail marijuana establishments to be licensed in Belmont but there would be no limit on the number of licenses that could be issued. In addition, businesses that cultivate, manufacture or test marijuana could be licensed; likewise, there would be no limit on the number of these licenses that could be issued.
Both Yes and No votes allow the Town of Belmont to create time, place and manner Zoning Bylaws regulating where and how marijuana businesses may operate in Town, but only a Yes vote would let the Zoning Bylaw limit, directly or indirectly, the total number of retail stores allowed in Belmont. The proposed Zoning Bylaw regulating marijuana businesses is expected to be voted at the Special Town Meeting scheduled November 13th.
The Belmont Board of Health has already adopted recreational-use marijuana regulations. Marijuana licenses are issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; they not issued locally.
Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Precinct 1 – Library, Assembly Room
- Precinct 2 – Town Hall, Selectmen’s room
- Precinct 3 – Beech Street Center, Multipurpose room
- Precinct 4 – Butler School, Gymnasium
- Precinct 5 – Beech Street Center, Multipurpose room
- Precinct 6 – Fire Headquarters, 299 Trapelo Road
- Precinct 7 – Burbank School, Gymnasium
- Precinct 8 – Winn Brook School, Gymnasium (enter on Cross Street)
To find out whether you are registered to vote and where you vote, visit the web page: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/