An Article is on the Warrant for the October 1 Special Town Meeting to give residents an opportunity to vote to ban commercialized recreational marijuana “pot” establishments from the town of Bourne. This is the last chance we have as citizens to keep our wonderful town from becoming a pot haven. According to the Zoning By-law on the Warrant, submitted by the Planning Board, these retail, commercialized pot shops can go anywhere within a B2, B3 and B4 area. This means, where there is a mixed use in a B2 zone, any kind of a commercial marijuana establishment, including cultivation, can go right next door to a residence. That zone includes Cataumet Rt. 28 area, Kingman Marina area, Barlows Landing Road area near Rt. 28, Clay Pond Road near Rt. 28, areas in Buzzards Bay, Sagamore Beach Friendly’s area, and Sagamore Cranberry Highway area. The B3 zone includes a strip down Rt. 28 from the Bourne Rotary down through Cataumet. There are no buffer zones in these areas. The pot establishments would also be allowed on several acres at the Bourne Rotary, where there could have been a Convention Center years ago, bringing in a million dollars to the town each year. However, some of the same people, who fought development there, are now in favor of allowing pot cultivation and retail stores for a mere 3% tax to the town. That means the town gets $30,000 for every one million dollars of pot that is sold. There may be an addition 3% if the town can prove that it had to spend money relating to the business. Why would we want to bring mind altering drug, cash only, businesses into our town at any amount of taxes received, exposing our youth to yet another harmful drug? Is any amount worth a person’s ruined life or a death? The normalization and trivialization of pot says to our youth that this drug is fine to use. Recreational use is not safe or healthy. Please vote YES to ban recreational, commercialized marijuana on October 1. It is the morally right thing to do for our community. The medical marijuana use is excluded from the ban and will still be available.
Linda Zuern, Bourne