Manchester, Maine residents made it loud and clear this week that they do not want any new recreational or medicinal marijuana storefronts up.

The residents had approved a moratorium on Thursday banning the new storefronts from town at a Town Meeting.

Town manager, E. Patrick Gilbert, had said that the moratorium, which will ban the operation and licensing of any new retail or medical marijuana establishments for 180 days, would not affect medical marijuana businesses that are already operating in Manchester.

Gilber commented, “This is so we can have time. So we don’t get this crazy proliferation of marijuana-related businesses.”

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in the state of Maine for almost twenty years.

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