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MMA PROTESTS HOME-GROW, RETAIL OPT-OUT PROVISIONS OF MARIJUANA LAW

[Story Developing] Cities and towns are urging lawmakers to let them opt against commercial marijuana sales within their borders by vote of the municipal legislative body, rather than a community-wide referendum as is called for under the ballot law.

"It is clear that the marijuana industry lobbyists learned a lesson from Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational use. The Colorado law allows local governing bodies to ban retail sales in their communities - and 70 percent of their cities and towns have enacted such a ban," the Massachusetts Municipal Association wrote in a letter to the Legislature's Committee on Marijuana Policy.


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