Letter: Bourne Marijuana Vote

from Jody Hensley, Westborough

Letter to the editor:

As potential buyers of a home on Cape Cod, the October 1st Bourne Town Meeting vote on commercial marijuana will be an important factor in our decision making.

Before investing significant dollars in Bourne, we'd want to know that the Town is heading in the right direction with local decision making about long-term implications for the character and costs to the community. 

Many Cape Cod towns have already Opted Out of high potency commercial marijuana/THC products, including edibles and concentrates.  They are the competition for attracting families and empty nesters as tax payers.  We'd be paying taxes 12 months/yr, while treading lightly on local resources with no kids in the schools, and only part-time use of other town services.  

The data is becoming more robust on public health and safety indicators and public costs moving in the wrong direction in geographies where commercial Marijuana/THC has taken root.  Over 100 Massachusetts cities and towns have Opted Out on commercial marijuana establishments. 

There are too many red flags from other marijuana states, and too many open questions about commercial marijuana in Massachusetts, for a discerning buyer to affirmatively choose a town that is embracing commercial marijuana.

Jody Hensley

Westborough, MA

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