Council Bans the Sale of Recreational Marijuana

By Sue Ellen Woodcock

Monday night the City Council voted to ban the sale of recreational marijuana.

“There are 100 communities looking to ban,” said Council Vice President Patrick Keefe, who filed the motion for the City Council and the Planning Board to implement a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in Revere.

The motion was not sent to a council committee.

The sale of recreational marijuana was approved state-wide with Question 1 on the November 2016 ballot. But 10,184 Revere voters disapproved, and the question failed in the city. Some councillors thought that because it failed locally that the city would not be subjected to shops selling recreational marijuana. However, that is not the case and as a result the majority of the council voted for imposing the ban, with Councillors Jessica Gianinno and Ira Novselsky voting against the ban.

Novoselsky said he was surprised at the motion because the city has approved a medical marijuana facility.

“I’d like the opinion of the city solicitor,” Novoselsky said.

“The voters voted to deny this,” said Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso, who went on to say he’s heard of people smoking marijuana who are causing their neighbors to ingest the smoke. “Let’s go forward and have this council on the record as opposing it’s use.”

Ward 6 Councillor Charles Patch, who agreed there should be a legal opinion, said he too believed that when the city voted against recreational marijuana that the city could stop recreational marijuana businesses from coming into the city.

“A ban would be pro-active,” said Councillor Steve Morabito.

Councillor Anthony Zambuto said banning the sales would do nothing to keep marijuana out of Revere, and the city would lose 3 percent on revenue from sales.

This vote to ban the issue of recreational marijuana sales was compared to the issue of a costly lawsuit against Moon-Lite Reader, an adult bookstore that was denied approval.

School Committee member Carol Tye said she opposed the medical marijuana facility, and she was at the meeting to support Revere Cares, which also spoke in favor of the ban.

“We cannot put up a fence around Revere, but this is dark money and I don’t want it,” Tye said. “It’s a slippery slope from medical marijuana to recreational marijuana.”

She noted that by not going along with the voters choice, a message is sent that your vote (in 2016) didn’t matter. She too thought that the city voting against the recreational marijuana in 2016 meant that  there would be no local shops.

Viviana Catano, of Revere Cares, was at the meeting representing Revere Parents in Action. She compared the ban of recreational marijuana to the ban of flavored tobacco products, and the appeal to children. One specific concern is marijuana edibles, such as brownies.

“Once the industry gets its claws in, it’s hard to regulate,” Catano said.

Beachmont resident Ed Deveau said the city is trying to overcome what the city was in the past.

“There are still too many questions,” Deveau said. “It may bring in money but it won’t help the image.”

29 comments for “Council Bans the Sale of Recreational Marijuana

  1. Annonamice
    September 29, 2017 at 3:32 am

    makes that investment in unmarked, inconspicuous delivery vehicles all the more lucrative! “No, this is not a sales vehicle, it’s a delivery route of 5,000 one-ounce ‘gifts’… haw haw!”

  2. concernedcitizen
    September 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Why does Revere refuse to join the 21st century? Why does Revere think it’s okay to have a liquor store on every corner, but not a recreational marijuana shop? How many people die or get into fights because of weed? None, last I checked. How many die from alcohol? Thousands every year. Think about it. What image is Revere hurting by allowing itself to finally generate some revenue for the city? Why does the leadership in Revere insist on holding the entire city back, year after year? It’s so frustrating living in a place where the leadership outright refuses to recognize the potential this city has.

  3. concernedcitizen
    September 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

    And newsflash: people are going to smoke the weed either way. Not allowing recreational dispensaries isn’t preventing anything – it’s just causing Revere to lose money that it could be making. It’s not like people will be handing out weed. People will just go to another city and bring the weed back to Revere. Shocking that the leadership here once again misses an opportunity to improve the city.

  4. concernedcitizen
    September 29, 2017 at 9:26 am

    How is buying weed legally “dark money”?? People can buy alcohol legally (which is SIGNIFICANTLY worse for both one’s health and society), and no one in Revere says boo. So why is it “dark” when it’s weed? The people of Massachusetts voted on this – why deny us?

  5. Bob Btme
    September 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    yes, I’m sure these black-market dealers will LOVE coming to Revere now, maybe the city council can wave to them as they drive in & out of town:

  6. lovingc
    September 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Folks if you reject legal cannabis you still have cannabis in your town. The money will not go to the local government in stead it goes to the black market dealers out there and they do not check IDs for age and also may sell hard drugs as well. But you go on and try to feel good about what you are imposing on the people there.

  7. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Because the people of REVERE vote NO last November. That means more people in Revere do NOT want recreational pot sold in the city than those who do. You have been out voted.

  8. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Selling drugs is going to help the city. That is a ridiculous and short sighted statement. Do your home work. Google Problems with marijuana in Colorado.

  9. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Long time residents of Revere that have a stake in the city care about its reputation, the message it sends its youth and that fact that big pot money will not stop at one store on Rail Road Street. People who are transients and don’t care about the city can move to Chelsea, Lynn or East Boston to buy pot. Then again if you move out your kids will not go to as good a school system.

  10. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    In Colorado the drug cartels legally grow pot in that state then ship it out to other states so that it can be sold to the black market.

  11. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe the DPW can put up signs that read, “Welcome to Revere, A Pot friendly town.” The back market will still exist no matter what the law is. Let’s not tarnish Revere’s image.

  12. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    There is something called the Puff Bus that want’s to come to Massachusetts. The bus has a regular route and picks up people that want to use pot while riding the bus. That’s the next step in the journey to a sleazy city.

  13. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I have tried my best to reply to the various posts which you can read below. In a free society it is good that everyone can express an opinion whether we agree or not. Yes people that want to use pot will and that’s fine. I cast no judgement on that anymore than you don’t judge the fact that I have a beer or whisky every now and then. My main concern is the image that Revere has that people and organizations have worked hard to improve. The people of Revere voted against the sale of pot last November therefore the council is carrying out the will of the people. We had Dr. Digulio for years telling our children that drugs are bad. Officer Mickey “Say No to Drugs” Casoli has devoted his life to keeping drugs out of Revere and every year he addresses RHS athletes about the dangers of drugs. Then if we sell pot in Revere what kind of mixed message are we sending to our children? The message is that we are hypocrites and only care about 3% of the sales of pot. That diminishes our credibility as adults and parents. I invite you to listen to the wonderful speech that Viviana Catano and Mr.s Tye gave at the September 25, 2017 council meeting. Fast forward to 31:08–4W18&list=PLlYqBh7a_8byNq3XcNzmOKRzaO8C5kdQH&t=225s&index=1

    The facts and the law is that a municipality can opt out of having recreational pot sold in it’s city or town. I have verified this with the office of our state representative.

  14. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Alcohol is a drug that actually kills people. Marijuana has never killed anyone. Do your homework. Google “how many people does alcohol kill every year?” Then decide which you think is a bigger problem? There’s a liquor store practically on every corner in Revere.

  15. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    That sounds like fun.

  16. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Dr. D was a hypocrite who lied to us about what drugs did, while smoking cigs in the parking lot of Whelan. Officer Callahan told us Mexicans peed on the weed we were smoking instead of what weed actually is – how was that helpful advice? It took me till high school (and having a good health teacher at RHS) to realize that different “drugs” had different impacts. It took me till then to learn that cigarettes and alcohol (both legal) are worse than weed.

  17. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I wish everyone knew how many teachers in Revere (and other towns) get high on a daily basis. Yes, the people educating our youth use this substance to deal with the stresses of the job and life in general. This helps them be better at their job. They do this in the privacy of their own homes. This doesn’t tarnish Revere’s image, in my opinion. What tarnishes Revere’s image is the fact that the leaders of the town are afraid of change and seem to be opposed to doing anything that would financially help our struggling town. It’s like the best thing that the leadership could imagine is a trashy casino that would bring (even more) prostitution and gambling into Revere. How classy. But smoking a doob, throwing some tax money into the city, and not bothering anyone? Whoa there…..

  18. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    That’s cool – all the Trump people were also (significantly) outvoted in Revere, but I still have to listen to their noise…..

  19. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Chelsea, Lynn, and East Boston are leaving Revere in the dust, if you haven’t noticed. All of those towns are actually taking steps to revitalize. Revere still looks like garbage – not a single development to attract anyone into the city to spend money. Meanwhile, all the other towns you listed have new establishments that are drawing in crowds from around the area. Revere, as always, is sitting on a goldmine (the beach, the proximity to Boston, etc.) that it refuses to acknowledge or do anything about. I’m not saying recreational marijuana is the only way Revere can capitalize on it’s amazing location, but it’s one more frustrating example of how Revere will clearly always remain at the bottom of the barrel. Seriously, all of those towns you mentioned used to be so much worse than Revere and are currently so much more attractive to outsiders. Revere’s reputation is somehow getting worse, and the backwards response to rec. marijuana only continues to hurt it.

  20. concernedcitizen
    October 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    If it was legal everywhere, this wouldn’t even be an issue. The “black market” only exists when people are being oppressed. You can’t stop people from smoking weed. It’s been consumed by humans since (at least) 2000BC.

  21. reverestoner
    October 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    If we’re gonna get down to the nitty-gritty, not everyone in Revere voted No.

    Ward 2 Precinct 2, Ward 1 Precinct 2, Ward 5 Precinct 1, and Ward 6 Precinct 3 (my precinct, woot woot) voted yes. Can a pot shop open up in one of these spots please? We will be sure to exclude all of the prudes who don’t want access to the sweet sweet herb……

  22. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great argument. I’ll advise the council to allow more pot stores in order to make Revere a better city. I’m sure you can find a home to purchase in Chelsea or Lynn so that you don’t have to put up with all the issues in Revere. I just hope you don’t have school age children. Don’t forget to purchase a lojack and a home security system. Don’t be surprised when your home and auto insurance rates go up.

  23. Danny Reagan
    October 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    The money from legal pot is not going to lower your tax or water bill. If you think so then you must be high on weed.

  24. Danny Reagan
    October 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Smoke all you want. Smoke to the point where you are addicted and it is a disease and you collect SSI. Just go by it in Chelsea or Lynn.

  25. lovingc
    October 13, 2017 at 11:52 am


  26. Frank G. DeAngelo
    October 18, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    This country has turned into a nation of drug addicts and pill poppers. I really don’t give a dam what you smoke or take. I just don’t want to have to pay for your rehap and Social Security Disablilty when you are declared a diseased drug addict and can no longer work. What’s next for Revere, pawn shops, tattoo parlars and gun shops?

  27. drensber
    December 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Revere already has these things (not to mention a seedy little strip club and lots of “casinos” disguised as something else), whereas most metro Boston don’t. Most of them didn’t achieve that by “banning” anything, but rather by building a community where there was enough other stuff going on that people had little interest in these other things.

  28. drensber
    December 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’m going to guess that the majority of _white_ people in Revere overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Just one more of the ways that Revere is like a little Alabama in the greater Boston area!

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