WESTMINSTER — Among 704 voters who turned out for local elections Tuesday, the majority do not want any type of recreational marijuana businesses in town.
Selectmen placed two non-binding questions on the ballot to gauge residents’ support for recreational marijuana businesses in Westminster, where a moratorium prohibiting recreational cannabis companies expires at the end of this year. Businesses can open in other communities as early as July 1.
According to unofficial results released Tuesday night, 252 voters support retail sales of recreational marijuana in town and 449 did not, according to unofficial election results.
There appeared slightly more support for allowing commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing of recreational marijuana to occur locally. Unofficial results show 287 voters support those types of businesses in Westminster and 415 oppose them.
Selectmen Chairwoman Heather Billings, who also won a third term on the Board of Selectmen in an uncontested election Tuesday, said the town planner will “likely create a bylaw” that reflects the will of these voters.
The referendum results show that a majority of the 704 voters who turned out Tuesday oppose recreational