STOCKTON SPRINGS — The Select Board took up the question of marijuana regulation Sept. 2, after receiving a request Aug. 19 from Laura Salisbury, who wanted to open a medical marijuana dispensary in town, to consider such a measure.

According to Town Manager Mac Smith, the benefits and drawbacks of selling, growing and testing the drug were discussed, and members “cited concerns they had heard from constituents that were mainly in the negative.” They also noted that marijuana can be purchased in towns on either side of Stockton Springs.

Smith said board members voted unanimously not to opt into the state’s marijuana legislation for now, meaning no marijuana businesses, whether for medical or adult use, will be allowed.

If they choose, residents could attempt to pass a marijuana ordinance in the town by petition.

After meeting in Executive Session, the board also voted unanimously to amend the town’s personnel policies to include new insurance options.

The next meeting will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 in the upstairs meeting room. The same day, at 6:30 p.m., the town will hold a Community Input Session on short-term rentals aimed at crafting a solution to the problems some residents have had with short-term renters. That meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room, and will also allow for participation via Zoom.