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More Massachusetts Towns Seek To Restrict Pot Sales


   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.

    More than 10 percent of the state’s cities and towns have put restrictions on pot shops in place, according to data from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.  Voters in ten towns have passed outright bans. 

    Jody Hensely helped organize the first successful effort to ban marijuana retailers from the town of Westborough.

    " It was a very complicated process to figure out how to opt out for our community," said Hensely.

"The law is written to confuse."

  Marijuana use by adults is legal in Massachusetts, so is a limited amount of home cultivation of marijuana plants. Legal sales have been delayed by the state legislature until July 2018.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.