As Pittsfield preps for the possibility of a medical marijuana dispensary being located in the city, other towns are still working on zoning laws for these facilities. Smaller towns, in particular, face some unique challenges. YNN's Madeleine Rivera went to Becket to talk about the chances of one being set up in the town.
BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. -- Tucked into the hills of Berkshire County sits the Town of Becket. Considered by many to be a classic New England town, it's also small by many standards.
"It doesn't have a gas station. It doesn't have a pharmacy. It's got three general stores," said Robert Ronzio, chairman of the town's planning board.
So some say the chances of a medical marijuana dispensary setting up here are slim.
"They probably would want to settle on major population areas, like Pittsfield," said Ronzio.
It's not just the size of the town that may make Becket an unlikely location for a medical marijuana dispensary.
"It takes about 20 to 35 minutes to get to any major city," said Ronzio.
Although Becket will not likely become a location for a medical marijuana facility, that won't stop town officials from coming up with some sort of bylaw for these facilities.
The main concern for town officials is location. Some residents have said they would not want a facility to be established near schools or the multiple camps in town.
"They may not feel that they want a medical marijuana facility within their private community because Becket is populated by a number of private communities," said Ronzio.
With no business district, public roads would be the most likely location for a medical marijuana facility. But there's also the issue of discretion.
"It certainly wouldn't have a neon sign saying medical marijuana. There are no illuminated signs in the town of Becket," said Ronzio.
Town officials are holding a public meeting November 13th to discuss a possible bylaw.