Protestors turn out for Waltham marijuana forum

By Diane McLaughlin [email protected] Jan 21, 2019 at 9:43 AM Updated Jan 21, 2019 at 9:44 AM

More than two years after Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana, the Waltham City Council could soon adopt an ordinance that would allow marijuana retail stores in the city.But some Waltham residents remain opposed to having them in the community.A group of about 70 protesters, including children, attended a marijuana forum hosted by the Waltham Democratic City Committee on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Government Center. The forum, with more than 100 people in attendance, provided a general introduction to marijuana businesses and an update on Waltham’s proposed ordinance.Perhaps signaling what the City Council might soon face, at least 40 attendees staged a protest on the corner of Lexington and School streets before the meeting. A public hearing on retail marijuana has been scheduled for the City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 28,One opponent of retail marijuana stores is Jose B. Rodriguez, pastor at the Waltham Christian Worship Center. He told the Waltham News Tribune that many of the protesters belonged to his or other parishes. Rodriguez said some voters did not understand the 2016 ballot question and thought they were voting for medical marijuana.

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