Councillors Ban Sale of Recreational Marijuana

December 13, 2017
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By Sue Ellen Woodcock

The City Council has officially banned the sale of recreational marijuana in the city limits of Revere.

The council has been working since the summer to ban the sale of recreational marijuana, under the leadership of Council Vice President Patrick Keefe, who brought the issue before the council.

“We’ve discussed this since July, and I know it was coming out fast and furious,  but in the last few months the council and the city have really looked into this matter,” Keefe said.

Noting that the ban was also checked with local legislatures, and the city solicitor, Keefe said he was comfortable with the council going through with the ban.

“I feel very confident with this,” Keefe said.

Medical marijuana dispensing is still allowed in Revere in a portion of the TED district near Railroad Street, where a company called the Wellness Connection has plans to locate their facility.

Ward 5 Councillor John Powers said he views marijuana as a gateway drug. He believes that without the ban the council is sending the wrong message to the community and young people.

“Making it easily available would be insanity,” Powers said.

Ward 6 Councillor Charles Patch said he has spoken with representatives of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative (SUDI). They discussed the opioid problem, and he learned that medical marijuana might help people get off of opioids.

Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso said that since the city voted again recreational marijuana that their wishes should be honored and the ban should be put in place. Question 4 on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot sought to make the recreational use of marijuana legal with 10,184 ’no’ votes and 9,142 ‘yes’ votes.

Councillor Anthony Zambuto, head of the legislative affairs subcommittee, which took up this motion, said he campaigned against legalizing recreational marijuana both locally and statewide. Unfortunately the legislation passed statewide, but the voters of Revere voted against the question.

He added that the city is legally bound to work with the coming medical marijuana facility.

With a unanimous vote the council approved the ban. Councillors Steve Morabito and George Rotondo were absent for the vote

  • Bob Btme

    I guess cannabis customers will just head on down to Boston and “go insane” down there, and the insane 6% local tax will go to Marty & company instead of Revere.

  • gary myers

    If cannabis is banned,why not ban cigarettes,alcohol.,and lottery tix too?

    Ask anyone under 21 how easy it is to buy grass it in the street with all the profits going only to the dealers who don,t pay taxes.

    How can they vote for a casino that always wins but not for controlled cannabis ?

  • 24 Hour Man

    Insanity is voting for pinheads like John Powers…what you are saying is KEEP the black market going…no taxes collected no ID’s checked and all of the proceeds goes to the black market till. Did you consult with the people of Revere or are you another J. Sessions reefer madness toadie? What a fool

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