New Marlborough voters OK ban on most types of pot businesses in town

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NEW MARLBOROUGH — There will be no retail marijuana shops in this town.

At Monday's annual town meeting, residents prohibited seven out of eight types of legalized marijuana businesses, including retail stores, according to Town Clerk Kathy Chretien. The only establishment that would be permitted is a marijuana research facility.

Voters also rejected proposals for a 6 percent excise tax on short-term rentals and a 0.75 percent excise tax on meals purchased in town.

The prohibition on most marijuana businesses wasn't easy for the town, which had voted in favor of legalization in 2016.

First they had to vote to prohibit the businesses at a special town meeting held in April before the items could be included on the annual town meeting warrant.

The meeting was attended by 18.6 percent of the town's registered voters, Chretien said.

Residents also approved raises for some Town Hall staff, including the administrative secretary, assessor's clerk, tax collector, treasurer and town clerk.

At the meeting, residents voted to give 5 percent increases to the staffers — better than the 3 percent that was proposed on the warrant.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

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