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Retail Marijuana Voted Out in Milford



By a 676 vote margin, Milford's voters decided on September 19 not to allow retail marijuana cultivation, testing facilities, product manufacturing and retail sales in town. A Zoning By-law amendment carrying out their decision still has to be enacted at the October 30 Special Town Meeting and then approved by the state Attorney General's Office before the ban takes effect.

Out of Milford's 18,140 registered voters, 5,378 – 29.6 percent – came out to vote in this week's Special Town Election. Of that number, 56.3 percent favored the marijuana ban and 43.7 percent did not. There were no "blank" votes cast. Out of the town's eight voting precincts, the ban passed in all precincts except Precinct 1.

By contrast, the state election question last November that legalized retail marijuana in Massachusetts was on a presidential election ballot that drew a 76.1 percent voter turnout – 13,771 voters – in Milford. The marijuana question passed in Milford by 6,930 votes (51.9 percent when "blank votes are not counted/50.3 percent if they are) to 6,424 (48.1 percent when "blank" votes are not counted/ 46.7 percent if they are.)




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