Residents vote to allow marijuana businesses 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR At the polls on Tuesday, voters chose to allow marijuana businesses to operate in the town.

All local ballot questions passed handily in one of the largest voter turnouts the town has seen in recent history. Whether or not to adopt the town’s proposed Marijuana Ordinance, as a vote to opt in, won with 654 votes in favor and 396 opposed. That vote allows adult use, also known as recreational, marijuana retail stores, testing, manufacturing and cultivation facilities to operate, as well as medical marijuana businesses with the same focus. Within the newly adopted ordinance, medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in the town.

Dispensaries, which have been limited to eight throughout the state, are nonprofit organizations regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services and differ from a retail store.

There is a limit of two of any marijuana business laid out in the newly adopted…

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