The image of local stores selling recreational pot has residents of some Massachusetts cities and towns calling timeout on part of the voter-passed state law allowing retailers to offer marijuana products.
Westborough voters earlier this month approved a ban blocking retailers from selling pot for recreational use, Southborough is considering a ban of its own, and there could be more than a dozen Massachusetts communities with temporary moratoriums on retail pot shops by later this spring.
Jim Malloy, Westborough’s town manager, said voters were concerned about the appearance of shops popping up on Route 9, which passes through town, and didn’t see sales as compatible with a community that “represents family values.”
“I think people just saw that as an image that people weren’t trying to portray in Westborough,” Malloy said.
About 1.8 million Massachusetts voters supported a November ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana use and — starting in 2018 — will allow pot to be sold for recreational use.
But even where voters supported marijuana legalization, uncertainty remains. In Amesbury, Mayor Ken Gray said he’s been approached by residents who said they voted for legal pot so people can use it in their homes, not necessarily so it can be sold in their community. [Read more at Boston Globe]