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I believe it. Rockport is littered with discarded nip bottles just like Gloucester too.Dun Fudgin wrote:I can tell you from my alcohol retail experience that Rockporter's by a wide margin had the highest number of hardcore drinkers of any Cape Ann community.gator wrote: Bravo Manchester for voting in favor of Pot Shops
Hopefully people use that same common sense when its Rockport's turn to vote.
There was a good fear piece in the Time's yesterday about how it will ruin Rockport's "Unique beauty and tranquility" and even some "what about the children" thrown in for good measure!
The last part is a sop to the "No" voters and just throws more $ at the PD, most of which will be wasted. This is not a new thing, people!Karly wrote: I tend to agree with the Mayor in her outline here ... have the 3 shops. She also noted that while she doesn't personally support the issue, this mandate came from the people.
With the two competing proposals coming to the Council next Tuesday (Val Gilman's proposed limit of one shop would require a ballot question I think), Councilor Lundberg said “Right now, the big thing is to get this back in front of the public, and this should do that.”
The Mayor's proposal...
"1. Cap the number of licenses at three.
2. Work with the Planning Board regarding zoning and placement of any such shops.
3. Adopt an ordinance governing sales and marketing of marijuana accessories, and authorize the Board of Health to carry out inspections of edible marijuana products.
4. Adopt state laws allowing the city to collect a community impact fee of 3 percent of all gross revenues from sales of marijuana by any shop in Gloucester.
5. Designate such revenues to support public safety initiatives and efforts to educate children about the dangers of using drugs."
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... 2e0b3.html
NO!!! The lottery revenue split is already wrong, don't add another wrong.Cathy (Admin) wrote: Per the state, the municipality's 3% is not a tax - it's a "community impact fee" and the fee must be reasonably related to real costs imposed on the municipality due to the establishment or RMD operating there. So there is no going into the general fund and I guess that municipalities can create costs imposed on the municipality such as police training and educating children.
The Mayor's recommendation letter is included in the packet for the Council's April 10 meeting:
http://gloucester-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ ... /Item/8737
An interesting discussion happening around the state, promoted by Q4 proponents: should municipalities that ban recreational retail benefit from the state's 17% tax that is collected on retail sales?
We got a lot of information on what has happened in Washington and Colorado (or not happened) today at Cape Ann Local Action. It wasn't even on the agenda but some members wanted more information on what information is out there. His concern is that everyone makes decisions with correct information. I like that. I am looking into how we can hear from him on a wider basis in Gloucester.Cathy (Admin) wrote: He was quoted in the Times arcticle that covered the issue at Rockport's Town Meeting:
"Countering Wedmore, Dr. Bruce Cohen, another Board of Health member, said that other communities in other states, such as Colorado, have seen no ill effects from local retail pot sales.
"They have seen no increase in violent crime, no increase in nuisance crime," he said, making the case for allowing sales in Rockport. "I think we should provide a provisional license for one pot shop, and then carefully monitor how it goes.""
I received confirmation that Gloucester can, indeed, enact a total ban (with a ballot vote). If a complete ban on recreational is enacted, a medical dispensary would not be granted a license to convert. I'm not advocating for a ban, just trying to be clear on the options.
...which patronizing asshole was that?Cathy (Admin) wrote: Heh! Kind of like complaining about glass in the windows of a smoke shop across the street from a convenience store plastered with plastic beer signs.
It will be interesting - ..... a different councilor has previously stated that they don't think that voters knew what they were voting for on Q4;.....