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New Marlborough to decide types of marijuana businesses

(Record file photo) A marijuana growing facility.

MILL RIVER — Voters will decide which types of marijuana establishments will be allowed in town at a special election Monday.

An individual yes-or-no vote will made on each of the eight types of marijuana establishment licenses: cultivation, craft cooperative, manufacturing, retail, research, testing, transportation and microbusiness.

In 2016, New Marlborough residents voted to allow adult-use retail marijuana on the statewide ballot initiative. Should voters decide to bar any of the eight types of licenses Monday, that vote will have to be reaffirmed in a second vote at the annual town meeting May 6.

Select board chairperson Michele Shalaby said this is the first special town meeting she’s experienced since she’s been on the board, and hopes to see as much participation as possible.

“This is the one chance,” she said. “I hope everyone understands it’s a multi-step process. It’s not just the special election vote. They need to come back to town meeting to complete the process.”

Once residents have voted on the types of marijuana businesses that will be permitted, they will then have to vote on marijuana-specific zoning bylaws at a special town meeting, held at a yet-to-be-determined date.

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