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Deerfield won’t allow a vote to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in town

Deerfield won’t allow a vote to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in town


FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU TO TELL US WHY TOWN LEADERS MADE THE DECISION. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE DEERFIELD SELECTBOARD SAID THEY SHOULDN’T ALLOW POT PROHIBITION TO COME UP FOR A VOTE. THE TOWN OF DEERFIELD HAS REJECTED ANY POSSIBILITY OF A TOTAL BAN ON RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES IN TOWN. THE SELECTBOARD VOTED 2-1 FRIDAY AGAINST HAVING PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA AS A BALLOT QUESTION AT THE TOWN’S ELECTION IN MAY. ROMAN SWEENEY: DEERFIELD THIS TOPIC HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW. I DONT THINK ITS FAIR THAT WE THE PEOPLE DIDN’T GET A VOTE ON IT. I TOTALLY DON’T AGREE WITH THAT. DEERFIELD RESIDENTS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO VOTE ON A ZONING AMENDMENT THAT WOULD RESTRICT WHERE MARIJUANA COULD BE GROWN OR SOLD. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: WORKING FOR YOU THIS PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE PREVENTED ANY COMPANY FROM OPENING UP A POT SHOP OR GROW FACILITY IN TOWN REGARDLESS OF ANY ZONING AMENDMENT. SELECTBOARD MEMBER KIP KOMOSA TOLD 22NEWS HE DIDN’T THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO NOT ALLOW RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON THIS. KIP KOMOSA: DEERFIELD SELECTBOARD THE BIGGER PROBLEM FOR ME IS NOT MARIJUANA , BUT IT’S TROUBLING WHEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT USES THEIR AUTHORITY TO SILENCE THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. KOMOSA TOLD 22NEWS THE PROHIBITION PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE HAD TO PASS BOTH AT TOWN MEETING, AND AS A BALLOT QUESTION. KOMOSA WAS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE THREE-MEMBER SELECTBOARD TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF HAVING IT ON THE BALLOT. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: DEERFIELD’S TOWN MEETING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 30TH AND THE TOWN ELECTION ON MAY 7TH. REPORTING FROM THE FC BUREAU, IN GREENFIELD, MIKE MASCIADRELLI,

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