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Proposal to ban recreational pot draws silence

A proposal in Marshfield to ban all manufacturing and sales of recreational marijuana appears to have generated little or no controversy, judging by the turnout at a recent public hearing.

The Planning Board held the hearing on the proposed ban on Sept. 25, and no residents attended. The board also had not received any correspondence on the subject, members said.

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The measure will be put to a vote by all eligible residents during a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Marshfield High School, 167 Forest St.

The town, with nearly 26,000 residents, voted against legalization of marijuana in the 2016 election by a margin of less than 200 votes, with 7,947 votes against legalization and 7,774 in favor.

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The Board of Selectmen proposed the ban, said planning director Greg Guimond. It affects all recreational marijuana testing facilities, cultivators, manufacturers, retailers, “and any other type of licensed marijuana-related business.”

Medical marijuana facilities are permitted in Marshfield’s industrial zone, though none have opened there.

Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.
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