Marijuana sales on Halifax agenda

A Special Town Meeting on April 8 will give Halifax residents a chance to discuss whether they want to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to be located here.

Two articles — one banning the dispensaries outright and the second setting the earliest opening date for one of June 2014 — will go before voters at the meeting set for 7:30 p.m. at Halifax Elementary School.

Statewide voters approved the ballot question last fall legalizing use of medical marijuana and allowing for the creation of 35 dispensaries statewide.

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Town Administrator Charlie Seelig said the state is expected to set licensure regulations for the dispensaries on May 1 and town officials were concerned that one could open up before voters had a chance to voice their opinions on them at the regular Town Meeting May 13.

“We want to have the townspeople have their say,” Seelig said.