Marijuana Opponents Encouraging Local Bans On Pot Stores

Apr 16, 2017

The legal retail sale of recreational marijuana is to begin in Massachusetts in July 2018. But opponents of marijuana are trying to drum up support for local bans on pot shops.

Massachusetts voters may have legalized marijuana, but opponents of the pot industry have not given up.

A group of activists are sharing tips on organizing grassroots campaigns to ban marijuana-related businesses on a town-by-town basis.

         Jody Hensley was a key organizer of the effort to pass such a ban in the central Massachusetts town of Westboro.

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

"The law is written to confuse."

Marijuana opponents are urging the state legislature to amend the voter-approved law to make it easier for communities to ban retail sales.  Several communities have adopted temporary moratoriums.

Under current law, retail sales of marijuana will be allowed in Massachusetts after July 1st, 2018.