Question 4 on the State ballot of November 8, 2016 legalized recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The passing of the question also created the The Cannabis Control Commission, who will regulate recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Previously, marijuana was only permitted for medicinal purposes.
The voters of the Town of Shrewsbury cast more no votes than yes votes on Question 4 in 2016. Therefore, the Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting have the ability to implement local control bylaws or completely ban recreational marijuana facilities as laid out in Section 3 of M.G.L. Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016, prior to July 1, 2018, when recreational marijuana shops are permitted to begin retail sales.
The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 to hear from interested citizens on the matters before the Board pertaining to recreational marijuana establishments. The Board will now begin its work on bylaws and regulations or the decision of a ban. The Board will take a position at their February 13, 2018 meeting to bring to town meeting.