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December 7, 2012

No vote on pot clinic zoning

Salem Planning Board wants City Council to wait for state regulations


Members of the Planning Board also sat in on Tuesday’s council meeting.

Elizabeth Rennard, Salem’s city solicitor, has said she is confident that medical marijuana dispensaries would fall under the city’s definition of a medical clinic without having to change zoning laws. Lynn Duncan, director of Salem’s Department of Planning and Community Development, echoed Rennard’s opinion at last night’s Planning Board meeting.

Rennard took a look at the issue last month at the request of City Councilor Todd Siegel. She provided councilors with language for a zoning change, if the board decided to specifically identify marijuana dispensaries as medical clinics.

If the zoning change were passed, medical marijuana clinics could apply with the ZBA to locate in any business zone in Salem. If a center came to Salem, it would have to be one of five — or less — in Essex County.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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