Melrose, like most of Massachusetts, overwhelmingly approved question 3 allowing medical marijuana for some patients in the commonwealth.
However, many officials, including Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, are balking at the idea of a dispensary opening within city limits.
"In Melrose, almost every area that allows commercial use is 100 yards from a church, 200 yards from a school, and across the street from a playground. Those are not the type of areas where I feel those distribution centers should be located," he told WCVB News Friday.
"I do feel that as a defender of my community that many of those people who voted for the law, if you were to ask them ."
The Board of Aldermen is also considering a zoning regulation that would explicitly ban such operations from the city.