WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana back in November, but not every town supported the ballot measure.
The initiative legalized the recreational use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana in the state, but the law also gives cities and towns the option to use local referendums to ban or restrict marijuana sales. Earlier this month, Westborough became the first town to do so.
Now that commercial pot shops could open as early as next year, several other communities, including Wilbraham, are taking steps to limit or prohibit pot sales.
More than 50 percent of residents in Wilbraham voted against the legalization of recreational marijuana in November. Wilbraham Select Board Chair Susan Bunnell told 22News residents could soon take another vote, this time, on a bylaw that would ban recreational marijuana sales in town.
The town is expected to discuss the bylaw at their annual town meeting on May 15th, with a potential vote scheduled for May 20th.
If Wilbraham does ban recreational marijuana sales, it could also eliminate potential tax revenue.
According to the Department of Revenue, pot sales could generate more than $300 million dollars in tax revenue by 2020.