NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton City Council gave final approval to zoning legislation related to retail marijuana during its meeting Thursday night.
Councilors again voted unanimously to pass ordinances that will reshape local zoning rules to allow pot stores to open this summer.
The legislation had previously received unanimous support during its first reading at the City Council meeting on March 1.
The series of ordinances was originally introduced back in February. It was subsequently reviewed by city committees and the city’s Planning Board, and was shared with the community at a number of public hearings.
Much of the legislation updates current laws created to deal with medical marijuana.
The legislation includes:
An ordinance that imposes zoning limitations, making it illegal for a retailer to set up their business within 200 feet of a pre-existing public or private K-12 school–rules local medical marijuana dispensaries already adhere to. An ordinance that sanctions outdoor cultivation of marijuana with site plan approval. For clarity’s sake, an ordinance providing distinctions in the city’s code between medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana production. An ordinance specifying limitations on where retail dispensaries can be located.
The approval of Northampton’s local laws