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Marijuana Facilities
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.

Interested applicants will need to apply for a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (contact the Zoning Board of Appeals for the application) and site plan approval from the Planning Board (download the review procedure, the check list, and application).

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.

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.

 
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