GREAT BARRINGTON — As the countdown begins on the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the town is getting ready.
Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin told the Select Board Monday that it needs to decide on town-specific zoning and other regulations ahead of July, when sale of recreational marijuana for adult use can officially begin.
Tabakin said the town could apply a local option tax surcharge capped at 3 percent, as well as restrictions on the location of sales and how many places can sell or cultivate marijuana.
The board can also choose a moratorium on sales for a year to give it time to make these decisions.
Tabakin explained that if a community voted yes in 2016 for recreational sales initiative, restrictions would have to be approved by voters.
“We were a ‘yes’ town,” she said. “So if we want to do local regulations or a moratorium, we need to do special town meeting in the fall, then in the spring, we could do the other zoning and other bylaws [at Annual Town Meeting].”
In Great Barrington, 64 percent of residents voted for the Number