By John Laidler Globe Correspondent January 12, 2018
East Bridgewater residents will decide this spring whether to join other communities that have banned the sale of recreational marijuana.
At the April 7 annual town election, voters will consider a proposal that would prohibit all types of recreational marijuana establishments, including cultivators, testing facilities, and product manufacturers, in addition to retailers. The ban does not extend to medical marijuana.
Voters adopted the ban as a general bylaw in the annual town meeting last May and as a zoning bylaw at a special Town Meeting in October, according to Town Administrator George Samia.
But because East Bridgewater residents voted in support of Question 4, the 2016 ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, the proposed local ban must also be approved in a ballot election.
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In the 2016 vote, 4,060 East Bridgewater residents voted in favor of legalization, with 3,838 opposed, or a margin of 51.4 percent to 48.6