Brockton marijuana dispensary goes up in smoke at zoning board … – Enterprise News


A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in a plaza across the street from the Westgate Mall went up in smoke at a Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Tuesday night.

Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_Marc

BROCKTON – A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in a plaza across the street from the Westgate Mall went up in smoke at a Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals meeting held on Tuesday night.

The zoning board voted 4-0 against a request by NS AJO Holdings, also known as Natural Selections, to grant a variance for the 165 Westgate Drive property. The building is in a commercially zoned property, outside of the city’s zoning overlay district for medical marijuana, located in an industrial area that includes a part of West Chestnut Street. The overlay district was established after citizens across the state voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2012.

The vote against the variance came after six Brockton City Council members and a state representative spoke at the hearing in opposition to the request. A letter was submitted by Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, urging the board to strike down the proposed variance. A representative of the Westgate Mall also voiced objection to the proposed medical marijuana dispensary, stating that it would scare away national companies from opening new stores at the facility, which is the largest property tax contributor in the city.

Many of the opponents argued that while Natural Selections discussed the benefits of its proposed medical marijuana dispensary, it failed to adequately prove that a variance was appropriate. The detractors said passing the variance would lead to a slippery slope, leading to many marijuana dispensaries opening up in commercial zones across the city.

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