By Robert BarbozaChronicle Correspondent
WESTPORT — The Select Board voted Monday night to put on the town meeting warrant zoning and general bylaw articles which would prohibit non-medical marijuana establishments from operating within the town’s borders.
The board is also putting what members hope will be a binding referendum question on the annual town election ballot in April, banning “recreational” marijuana businesses from locating in Westport.
The proposed legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use in Massachusetts passed by a 53.7 to 46.3 percent margin on a state ballot in 2016. Westport voters supported the passage of legalization by a 52.8 to 47.2 percent margin.
Selectmen have voted twice to write letters of non-opposition to companies seeking state licenses to operate medical marijuana cultivation and sales facilities in town, but the majority of the board is opposed to permitting non-medical establishments.
The board’s newest member, Brian Valcourt, cast the only vote against the proposed ban on recreational use marijuana facilities in Westport at a previous meeting.
Language in that 2016 state referendum question required municipalities such as Westport which approved the