Amherst is committed to a safe and deliberate implementation of the recreational marijuana law that both protects the health and safety of Amherst residents and respects the 74% of Amherst voters who approved the ballot question. 65% of Amherst residents are below the age of 25, and over 30% are under the age of 20. Amherst’s population is in constant flux, with nearly 5,000 new undergraduate college students arriving at UMass, Amherst College, and Hampshire College each year.
The Amherst Select Board has issued letters of support for five medical marijuana dispensaries in town. Four applicants have received their preliminary certificate of registration from the state Department of Health and three have received conditional Special Permits from the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals.