In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.
In May 2014, the Annual Town Meeting approved allowing, by special permit, all medical marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Industrial. Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 12, 2014 (section containing zoning amendment). Minutes of the Annual
Town Meeting of May 12, 2014.
In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
In May 2017, the Annual Town Meeting approved allowing, by special permit, all recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Industrial. In addition, the Town Meeting approved a 2% local sales tax on retail sales of marijuana products for recreational use. Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 8, 2017. Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting of May 8, 2017. YouTube video (part 1) (part 2) of the Town Meeting of May 8, 2017.
In May 2018, the Annual Town Meeting voted against allowing recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Business. It also voted to change the local sales tax from 2% to 3%. Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 14, 2018. YouTube video (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) of the Town Meeting of May 14, 2018. You can find the discussion and vote on the zoning article at about minute 47:30 in part 5.
As a result of these votes, the Town of Halifax allows all facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) for both medical and recreational marijuana on land zoned "Industrial" by special permit. The Town's zoning map shows those areas that are zoned Industrial.
Four Daughters Compassionate Care, LLC has signed a Host Community Agreement with the Town for a proposed cultivation and processing facility on River Street in Halifax. The agreement refers to "Exhibit A". Four Daughters will need to complete the licensing process with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and obtain a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals and site plan approval from the Planning Board in order to build this facility. A proposal has not been submitted to either Board. Both steps will be publicized on the Town's web site and in other venues. In addition, Four Daughters will need to host a public forum about this project. This will be publicized on the Town's web site and in other venues.
There was a public presentation (handout from presentation) and forum (link to the YouTube video; forum begins at 26:23) about the proposed facility on November 28, 2017.
February 2019 update on Four Daughters
The Town had contacted Four Daughters at the turn of the year (2018/2019) and the company indicated that it had been testing the soils on the property for septic systems and there was the possibility that an area had been found on the property that would “perc”.
On or about February 6, 2019, news broke that Four Daughters had been purchased by Verano. No one has officially contacted the Town about the sale. Four Daughters is allowed to assign the Host Community Agreement (HCA) to another party with the permission of the Town, but such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.
All that said, the project pretty much stands where it did back in June 2018 when the HCA was signed. Four Daughters/Verano still needs to begin the process of obtaining a license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Based on the records of the Commission, Four Daughters had not filed an application as of this week. And Four Daughters/Verano has not applied for the necessary special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (a hearing would be required, newspaper ad, notification to the abutters, etc.) and site plan review by the Planning Board. The issues you mentioned would be part of the discussion as to whether to approve the special permit and site plan.
At present, while the Town has received indications of interest from other parties, there are no other active proposals.
The Town does not have any quotas or limits on the number of licenses for any category of marijuana facility: cultivation, processing and manufacturing, or retail sales.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has issued Guidance on Home Cultivation for Adult Use. Permits for buildings, wiring, plumbing, etc. are still required and zoning laws concerning setbacks and other restrictions still apply.