If voters approve the referendum on April 10, Avon would join a growing chorus of local, mostly suburban, towns that have been taking measures to head off recreational marijuana sales since the drug was legalized by Massachusetts voters in 2016.

Tom Relihan The Enterprise TMRelihan_ENT

AVON – Avon may become the latest community to bar the sale of recreation marijuana within town limits, should voters approve at the ballot box next month.

Residents will hit the polls on April 10 to weigh in on whether to pass a zoning bylaw that would prohibit establishments that plan to sell recreational marijuana from setting up shop in town, according to Selectman’s Chairman Francis Hegarty. Next Wednesday, March 21, is the final day to register to vote in the election.

If the referendum passes, the bylaw will go before town meeting for final approval in May, Hegarty said.

Avon would join a growing chorus of local, mostly suburban, towns that have been taking measures to head off recreational marijuana sales since the drug was legalized by Massachusetts voters in 2016.

Whitman residents will vote on their own ban this Saturday, while Bridgewater residents voted in late December to impose a recreational pot ban in town. The town opted to continue to allow medical marijuana businesses to operate – it currently has two. Whitman’s ban also would not affect medical marijuana.

Stoughton and Raynham have also adopted bans, while Easton and East Bridgewater are set to vote on their own in April. Other towns, including Abington and West Bridgewater, have imposed temporary moratoriums while they study the issue further.

Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana by ballot referendum during the 2016 general election by a margin of 53 percent to 46 percent. The state previously decriminalized possession of small amounts of the substance in 2008

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