Newton City Council: Let us vote whether we want to OPT OUT of retail marijuana sales
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In 2016, Newton voters supported legalizing adult-use retail marijuana establishments. The language on the ballot added that local municipalities had the right to “adopt reasonable restrictions on the time, place and manner of operating marijuana businesses and to limit the number of marijuana establishments in their communities.” Newton voters therefore deserve the right to debate the issue of cannabis dispensaries—limiting or, if desired, opting out of them entirely.
It is incorrect to assume that if Newton voters were in favor of legalization that they must also be in favor of commercialization.
Selectmen and councilors in 40 Massachusetts towns (and counting) that voted YES on legalization have decided to put this question before the voters. That was the intent of the law and we ask that you fulfill this responsibility and put it on the November ballot giving Newton voters the opportunity to opt out.
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