West Tisbury will be the last Island town to decide two marijuana questions next week: one to prohibit public consumption and another to place a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town.
The two bylaws are on the warrant for a special town meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at the West Tisbury School. Moderator F. Patrick Gregory will preside; there are seven articles on the warrant.
A state law passed last fall legalizing medical marijuana. The law went into effect Jan. 1. The state Department of Public Health issued regulations last month.
The moratorium is intended to give the towns more time to develop their own regulations. State attorney general Martha Coakley said earlier this year that towns cannot ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but can adopt zoning bylaws for them.
The public consumption bylaw includes a $300 fine for violators.
At their town meetings this year, Tisbury and Oak Bluffs approved the public consumption bylaw but rejected the one-year moratorium on dispensaries. Edgartown voters approved the one-year moratorium but rejected the public consumption bylaw. Aquinnah voters rejected the public consumption bylaw and did not vote on the one-year moratorium. Chilmark did not vote on either.
On Tuesday West Tisbury voters also will revisit two county articles rejected at the annual town meeting in April, asking for $10,800 in Community Preservation Act monies to help pay for new windows at the county courthouse. Five other towns have approved their share of spending for the project.
Voters will also be asked to put $10,000 either toward the county Integrated Pest Management program or to pay for a private pest management program. If voters agree, the selectmen and board of health will decide how to use the money.