LIVERMORE FALLS — A public hearing on an ordinance to allow medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing facilities and caregiver retail stores in town is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Office.

Voters will decide the issue Nov. 2 during balloting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fire Station.

The purpose of the ordinance is to “provide procedures and standards relating to the operation of medical marijuana caregiver retail stores, medical marijuana cultivation facilities and medical marijuana manufacturing facilities,” according to the document.

Under the ordinance, a medical marijuana establishment must be 500 feet from the property line of a preexisting public or private prekindergarten-to-grade 12 school, or a day care center licensed by the state.

Proposed operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If a medical marijuana cultivation facility, but not a medical marijuana caregiver retail store or a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, “was legally in existence prior to the effective date of the ordinance, the same may not be expanded, changed, or otherwise augmented in any way, without first receiving site plan approval from the Planning Board.

If approved, no medical marijuana establishment may operate within the town without first receiving a license from the Select Board. The licensee and establishment must also be in compliance with state and town rules.

No registered caregiver or other individual or entity may establish or otherwise begin to operate a medical marijuana establishment that was not legally operating prior to the adoption of the ordinance, without first receiving site plan approval from the Planning Board.

Under the security performance standards:

• Licensed medical marijuana establishment premises shall have lockable doors and windows and an alarm system.

• All medical marijuana establishments must have video surveillance capable of covering the exterior and interior of the facility. The system must be operated with continuous video recording 24 hours per day, seven days a week and video shall be retained for a minimum of 30 days.

• Establishments must have exterior spotlights with motion sensors covering the full perimeter of the building(s) subject to the other ordinances and Select Board’s discretion.

• Medical marijuana establishments must have an odor mitigation system installed that has been approved by a state licensed engineer, indicating that the system will be sufficient to ensure no odors are perceptible from any adjoining property line of the licensed premises.

The nonrefundable application fee of $250 must be submitted in conjunction with an initial application for a medical marijuana establishment license. A nonrefundable $500 fee must be submitted with any renewal application for an existing medical marijuana establishment.


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