Bristol proposal takes aim at recreational marijuana stores

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Bristol official hopes to deter recreational marijuana businesses before they’re even legal in Rhode Island.
        
Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro says he wants to change the town’s zoning regulations to limit where stores and cultivation centers may open. 

He also is proposing to require special use permits that require a public hearing.
        
Calouro and Dan Beardsley, executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, didn’t know of any other Rhode Island municipality taking similar pre-emptive steps.
        
State business regulators didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
        
If marijuana businesses eventually open in Rhode Island, Calouro says he wants Bristol to be “really low” on their list of potential locations.
        
A proposed bill to end Rhode Island’s ban on recreational marijuana failed this year.

(c) The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015