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Mashpee Board of Selectmen Allow Voters to Determine Fate of Marijuana

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Residents of Mashpee will have the opportunity to determine whether to implement a two-year moratorium regarding recreational marijuana retail shops. The Mashpee Board of Selectmen decided to leave it up to the town’s voters. Other options will be discussed at a town hall meeting in October.

The other options are limiting the number of recreational marijuana shops or doing nothing and not restricting the number of shops that can open, according to Cape News.  The vote by the Board of Selectmen to let the voters decide was unanimous. Following a vote in May, the board decided to wait until regulatory framework was clarified.

The new regulations for the recreational marijuana industry in Massachusetts have been passed. If the voters decide to limit the number of recreational marijuana businesses in their town, it would be restricted to 20-percent of the liquor stores in the town – which is in line with state law. In Mashpee, that would allow for one single recreational retailer.

Selectman Andrew R. Gottlieb said that if the town votes down both options, there would be no limit on the number of retail marijuana businesses that could open in the town. Under Massachusetts law, communities can ban or restrict recreational marijuana businesses. In areas where a majority of the voters did not vote for recreational marijuana, like Mashpee, the selectmen have to submit a bylaw and pass it at a town meeting before the restrictions can be imposed.

A two-thirds majority vote must exist before restrictions can take effect.