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Town OK’s $300 fine for marijuana use in public

Consuming marijuana in any form on any public space in Scituate is now illegal and punishable with a $300 fine.

Voters imposed the prohibition as a new town bylaw during the Nov. 14 special Town Meeting.

The rule defines public spaces as any property maintained, owned, or under the control of the town -- including streets, sidewalks, footways, bridges, parks, playgrounds, parking lots, recreation areas, boat landings, buildings, schools, cemeteries, beaches, and sand spits.

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Scituate had previously banned the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in town until Nov. 30, 2018.

Town Meeting also approved spending $500,000 to repair or replace part of the seawall at Oceanside Drive. The money, which will come from a low-interest loan from the state, will be added to a $2.5 million state grant for the project.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.