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Recreational marijuana businesses are banned in Concord

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Recreational marijuana businesses will not be coming to Concord, at least for the foreseeable future.

Voters in a special election June 12 approved a bylaw prohibiting any recreational marijuana-related businesses, including retailers, testing facilities, and product manufacturers, from locating in the town.

The vote was 1,194, or 67 percent, in favor and 594, or 33 percent, opposed. A total of 1,789 or 13.55 percent of the town’s registered voters cast ballots.


The bylaw, which does not apply to medical marijuana, had been adopted at the Annual Town Meeting on April 11 by a show of hands. But because Concord residents voted in favor of the 2016 state ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, under state law the proposed ban also had to be approved in a ballot vote.

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The bylaw, which was proposed by the Board of Health, was approved by the Attorney General on Monday, June 18.

A primary concern cited by proponents of the ban was that allowing recreational marijuana businesses could result in increased access to marijuana by young people in town, according to Erin Stevens, the town’s public information officer.

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