Recreational Marijuana Survey Information
Rutland has an opportunity to pass a by-law that regulates the locations and operating conditions of businesses that cultivate and/or sell Recreational Marijuana. The by-law might allow some businesses or might completely prohibit them.
This year’s census contains a survey which asks you, the voters, what type of by-law the Town should enact. Your survey responses are essential to determine the work you desire the Town to perform on your behalf to regulate Recreational Marijuana businesses.
This page answers common questions about the survey.
The Town defeated Question 4. Why do we need a survey at all?
Massachusetts included a citizen’s petition in 2016 asking the voters to approve the sale and cultivation of “recreational marijuana”. The question passed in the Commonwealth, however Rutland voters defeated the question.
The vote totals were exceptionally close. Rutland voters defeated Question 4 by 52 votes out of nearly 5,000 ballots.
Rutland’s legal counsel recommends that we pass two by-laws to regulate marijuana businesses – a “general by-law” and a “zoning by-law”. Zoning by-law approvals require a 2/3 supermajority of Town Meeting votes.
Because the vote was so close, it’s imperative that we know more about your feelings on the matter prior to proposing such by-laws.
What’s this I hear about a Recreational Marijuana Moratorium?
Rutland cannot determine the type of by-law to write, write that by-law, and have the Town vote on the by-law before April 1, 2018. There is simply too much work and too little time.
Furthermore, the Cannabis Control Commission has not finished its recreational marijuana regulations.
The Moratorium being discussed prohibits Recreational Marijuana businesses in Rutland until December 31, 2018. This gives us several more months to gather information, write the by-laws, and put them before the voters in a Town Meeting.
How do I return the survey?
The easiest thing to do is to return the completed survey with the Town Census.
You may drop off the completed survey at the Town Clerk’s office during business hours.
You may put the survey into the “lock box” outside Town Hall any time of the day or night.
There are several voters in the household. How do I fill out the survey?
Have each voter answer the questions on the survey (basically, put more than one mark in the appropriate spots on the survey).
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