The Planning Board voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that the Town Council adopt a 12-month moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities in Watertown.
The state ballot question to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana passed more than a year ago, but the town has not adopted any policy on recreational marijuana facilities, said Watertown Senior Planner Gideon Schreiber.
“We have been waiting for the state to come out with their guidance and they still haven’t come out with their guidance,” Schreiber said.
Watertown allows medical marijuana facilities in industrial zones, and the town has approved a medical marijuana facility to go on Elm Street. To go to a medical marijuana facility in Massachusetts, people must have a state medical marijuana ID card, only available with a prescription from a doctor. Recreational marijuana facilities would be open to anyone 21 or older.
Currently, recreational marijuana facilities are not included in the Watertown Zoning Ordinance, so it would not be allowed at this time, Schreiber said.
Some communities have chosen to move forward to make rules about recreational marijuana, Schreiber said. Those communities may have to go back and amend their rules if they do not align with the state’s rules.
Watertown’s attorney recommended the town seek a moratorium, which must be added as a change to the zoning ordinance, Schreiber said.
The Planning Board voted 5-0 to endorse a 12-month moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities in Watertown.