Voters in Pembroke have decided to ban all recreational marijuana businesses, including testing facilities, cultivation facilities and retail shops. The 842 – 313 vote took place four days after a town meeting regarding marijuana businesses.
Medical marijuana, personal use and home cultivation are all still allowed in Pembroke, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Westboro was the first community to ban recreational marijuana businesses. Multiple communities across the state are considering moratoriums.
It’s estimated that recreational marijuana sales could bring the state $132 million in tax revenue its first year. The state treasurer’s office requests $10 million to operate the regulation of the recreational marijuana industry.
Changes to Massachusetts’ voter-approvedare still pending. Some of the proposed changes include adding a provision to prohibit bans on recreational sales unless a referendum is approved.