MANCHESTER — Possible restrictions on public consumption of marijuana will be sent to the Board of Health for consideration, according to Town Moderator Alan Wilson who, yesterday, verified the result of voting on Article 14 at the annual Town Meeting.
There had been some uncertainty among town officials Tuesday regarding the outcome of the voting on the article, which had initially aimed to add a $300 fine for public consumption of marijuana on top of a $100 fine for possession of an ounce or less and to create a provision requiring individuals caught consuming marijuana in public to provide proper identification if asked.
The article had been amended twice on the floor: first, by James Starkey, to send the article to the annual town election; and second, by Sam Adams, to send the issue of public consumption of marijuana to the Board of Health.
A vote was taken three times: first, to decide if Adams' amendment defeated Starkey's, which it did; second, to see if Adams' amendment would be approved, which it was; and third, to see if the amended article would be approved, which it was.
Adams' amendment asks the Board of Health to consider adding a provision regarding public consumption of marijuana, or tetrahydrocannabinol, to an existing Board of Health regulation prohibiting consumption of tobacco in certain public areas.
The Board of Health regulations were not accessible yesterday as the board does not keep hours on Wednesday and the regulations are not posted on the Internet or kept on file in the town clerk's office.
Robert Cann may be contacted at email@example.com.