By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer
DOVER — The collection of surveys asking whether marijuana dispensaries should be allowed here has begun.
“We have more than we were expecting,” Jeannette Eckert, assistant town clerk and office manager, told the Reformer.
Participants are asked two questions: “Should the town of Dover allow a medical marijuana dispensary in town?” and “Should the town of Dover allow recreational marijuana shops in town, subject to town law?”
The surveys include information about the conditions put on medical marijuana dispensaries in Vermont. Dispensaries cannot operate within 1,000 feet of a school or day care. Marijuana cannot be consumed on site. Security measures must be taken. And there are limits on the number of clients and number of sales that can be made. Towns can ban dispensaries or impose restrictions or conditions.
The conversation in Dover came about after Wilmington residents Kathleen Matos and Stephanie Zumbruski proposed a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Because marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, Dover Police Chief Randy Johnson wanted the town to consider an ordinance prohibiting dispensaries for years.
Select Board members want