Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy has vetoed a proposed city ordinance restricting the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lynn, citing a concern that it might be unconstitutional.
Concerned about possible public safety impacts, some cities and towns have adopted or are considering local bans or restrictions on the locations of dispensaries, while others are waiting until after the state issues regulations by May 1.
In this region, outright bans on dispensaries were adopted by special town meetings in Reading and Wakefield last November. The Melrose Board of Aldermen approved a ban on Jan. 22, and the Peabody City Council on Jan. 24.
In Lynn, the mayor’s action leaves uncertain the fate of the zoning ordinance, which the City Council approved by an 8-2 vote with the support of Police Chief Kevin F. Coppinger and MaryAnn O’Connor, the city’s public health director.
City Council president Timothy Phelan, who proposed the ordinance, said the mayor’s veto is on the agenda at the council’s meeting Tuesday and that a vote on whether to override it is possible.
“The ability to veto anything is an inherent power of the mayor’s office, and I have no issue with her exercising that right,” Phelan said. “We just have a different opinion on the issue.”
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