No recreational pot sales in Southwick after annual town meeting

Hampden County

Southwick residents voted to ban recreational marijuana sales in Monday’s annual town meeting.

In last week’s town election, a measure to ban recreational marijuana sales passed by around 100 votes.  The vote was non-binding, and a two-thirds majority of the town meeting will have to agree on the ban for it to be official.

Hundreds of Southwick residents gathered Tuesday for the annual town meeting, with more than 25 articles to consider, including several that address marijuana sales in town.

“I own some property in the industrial park, and they’re looking to do recreational marijuana and medical marijuana,” said Paul Dellatorre of Southwick. “If that passes, I may be interested in cultivating. I think it’d be good for the town, myself as well.”

In the event that the ban on recreational marijuana sales didn’t pass, the town meeting warrant also included zoning bylaw changes to regulate marijuana sales and set a tax rate.

But with nearby towns already approving marijuana sales, some Southwick residents said they’d prefer to prohibit it.

“I would like to see it prohibited, it’s almost like drinking and driving,” said Laura Lucier of Southwick. “I really don’t think we need it. You can go somewhere else, and then hopefully they’ll smoke it in there cars not here and cause accidents.”

The town voted “yes” to prohibiting recreational marijuana sales in a non-binding town election last week.

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