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    Westboro ‘opts out’ of pot shops

    March 8, 2017 GMT

    Westboro has become the first community in the state to ban shops that sell recreational marijuana, according to a published report.

    The town overwhelmingly voted against the shops, 1,192 to 294, in a referendum last night, the MetroWest Daily News reported.

    The vote made the town the first to “opt out” of the controversial law that passed by ballot question last November.

    “I didn’t vote for pot to begin with. I don’t want it in this town. I don’t want it in this state,” Marion Fisher told the newspaper after she voted at Westboro High School.

    The ballot question that passed statewide by 54 percent last fall allows for the legal recreational use and sale of marijuana, as well as some home growing. It also gives communities an option to “opt out” of the sale, impose a 2-percent tax on the sale, or restrict the number of licensed businesses that sell marijuana.