WASHINGTON — Voters approved a moratorium banning recreational marijuana retail sales in town, similar to one they rejected last year, following extensive debate Saturday at Town Meeting.
The approximately 50 voters at the 2.5-hour meeting also approved town spending proposals and agreed to change one word in an ordinance setting the process that town officials must follow in disposing of properties taken by the town when property owners fall behind on their taxes, changing “shall dispose of property by public auction,” to “may dispose of property by public auction.”
The proposed 180-day moratorium on recreational marijuana retail sales and social clubs, a proposal rejected by voters at last year’s Town Meeting, drew the most debate, with voters approving a moratorium after rejecting, in a 26-22 vote, a proposal offered by Budget Committee member David Martucci. Martucci suggested that instead of implementing a moratorium, voters could direct selectmen to appoint a committee to study the issue and come back with recommended rules for such establishments in town.
Martucci argued a moratorium isn’t necessary because the state still hasn’t passed rules and