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No moratorium on pot dispensaries

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Special Town Meeting voters Monday night rejected a measure that called for a one-year moratorium on allowing a medical marijuana treatment center to open in the community. The statewide referendum that legalized medical marijuana last fall set certain guidelines for the dispensaries, but regulations on how communities can restrict their location are still being developed; the delay sought by local officials while new zoning rules are drafted was defeated by a 93-45 vote. Approved by voters Monday night was a request for $8.8 million to cover the town’s portion of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District for the next fiscal year, and raise $195,396 through a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override to go toward the regional district’s middle school. The session drew 143 of the town’s 5,068 registered voters.

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