Westport voters reject proposal to allow marijuana cultivation

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WESTPORT, Mass (WPRI) — The town of Westport has rejected a proposal to allow farmers to grow marijuana on their properties.

Since voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts in November 2016, cities and towns in the Commonwealth have come up with their own ordinances regarding pot-related businesses.

At the annual town meeting in 2018, Westport voters opted to reject an ordinance that would allow recreational pot shops to open in town.

According to Town Administrator Tim King, a marijuana cultivation bylaw was turned down at the 2019 town meeting, held on May 7.

If it passed, the bylaw would’ve allowed residents to apply to become a craft marijuana cooperative. 

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission describes a craft marijuana cooperative as “a type of marijuana cultivator which may cultivate, obtain, manufacture, process, package and brand marijuana and marijuana products to deliver marijuana to marijuana establishments, but not to consumers.”

A pot shop is not considered a cooperative, because pot shops are authorized to sell to everyday consumers. 

The first recreational pot shops opened in Northampton and Leicester, Mass in November 2018. 

There are currently 17 recreational or combined recreational/medical marijuana shops open in the Bay State, including locations in Fall River, Wareham and Uxbridge.

Similar to alcohol laws, the legal age to purchase marijuana in Massachusetts is 21.

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