Recreational use of marijuana became legal in Vermont last Sunday, and in a few weeks Morristown will consider revoking a zoning bylaw that prohibits recreational marijuana dispensaries in Lamoille County’s largest municipality.
The Morristown Planning Council will discuss the issue July 17 at 6 p.m. at the Tegu Building on Portland Street.
The zoning law was adopted last summer; Morristown had banned medical marijuana dispensaries in 2015, and the 2017 change expanded that ban to include any recreational dispensaries.
The statewide legalization of recreational marijuana makes Morrisville’s ban pointless, said Todd Thomas, town planning director and zoning administrator.
“It’s a legal substance now,” Thomas said. “When the Legislature decides something for your state, your town bylaws don’t really matter anymore.”
Revocation of the marijuana dispensary ban is one of several zoning changes being considered by the planning council. Any changes need approval from the Morristown Select Board and Morrisville Board of Trustees.