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AG Maura Healey’s Ruling Could Slow Mass. Marijuana Industry

Healey believes municipalities deserve additional time to set up marijuana zoning rules

Attorney General Maura Healey is giving cities and towns more power to slow down the recreational marijuana industry, ruling that local officials can unilaterally prohibit cannabis companies for another year without polling residents.

The decision, approving an extension of Mansfield’s temporary moratorium on pot shops and other marijuana businesses through June 2019, was released Friday after questions from the Globe. It represents a reversal by Healey, as her office had previously said local freezes extending beyond Dec. 31 of this year were “longer than is reasonably necessary” and “could be viewed as unconstitutional.”

Now Healey believes municipalities deserve additional time to set up marijuana zoning rules.

 

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