News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 22, 2018
Shellfish ordinance, marijuana on public hearing agenda

by Monique Labbe

Residents of Brooklin will have an opportunity to weigh in on new language in the shellfish ordinance and on marijuana prohibition during a public hearing and informational session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at town hall.

Both items will be voted on during election day and town meeting day, April 6 and 7, respectively.

The changes to the shellfish ordinance are simply in language. The ordinance approved in 2016 says that junior license holders must be between 16 and 18 years of age. The Shellfish Committee would instead like the ordinance to read that junior license holders must be under 18 years of age without a minimum age specified, according to selectman Laura Sherman.

Immediately following the shellfish ordinance discussion will be an informational session on retail marijuana, during which time the selectmen, along with community members, will discuss a possible prohibition of retail marijuana sales, retail marijuana social clubs, cultivation facilities, and retail marijuana testing facilities in the town of Brooklin. Each of those prohibitions will be on the warrant at town meeting.

Voters in Stonington passed an ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana at its town meeting earlier this month, while other towns in the area have voted in similar prohibitions or basic moratoriums over the past year.

Elections in Brooklin are scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. at the town office, and town meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. the following day at the Brooklin School.