A measure to extend a proposed temporary moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana in Sharon fell short by a single vote at the recent special Town Meeting.
The original proposal for a temporary moratorium, which will last until June 30, passed easily, securing the necessary two-thirds vote at Town Meeting Nov. 7.
Voters spent an hour debating the temporary moratorium, which had been unanimously endorsed by the town’s Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, and Finance Committee.
The amendment proposed by a resident, which would have extended the moratorium until Dec. 31 and required a simple majority, failed by a vote of 79-80.
Town officials said that the temporary moratorium is not an indication that the town is opposed to recreational marijuana sales, but that they need to know how the state plans to regulate the sales before they decide how to handle them.
“We can’t do much with regulating in the town unless we know what the state will do with regulating,” said Selectman John J. McGrath.
Though 53 percent of Sharon voters supported marijuana legalization in 2016, some residents remain opposed to it. During Town Meeting, several residents said the town should not allow any recreational marijuana sales, because a pot shop would harm the town’s reputation.
Others said marijuana sales will bring much-needed tax revenue to the town.Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.