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Maine Town Considering Becoming ‘Dry’ to Block Marijuana Stores

Oakland is considering becoming a "dry town" to block marijuana retail stores and social clubs.

Unofficial results from the Maine secretary of state's office indicate the state referendum legalizing pot for people 21 or older narrowly passed. The vote is being recounted.

Most Oakland residents voted against the measure.

The Morning Sentinel reports Town Manager Gary Bowman said Tuesday the town can't enforce a pot moratorium though because its comprehensive plan hasn't been updated and the town doesn't have to zone.

Bowman says the Town Council could update the plan, restrict licenses or declare Oakland a "dry town."

Councilor Don Borman says the town could later change the "dry town" designation.

Bowman says he'll work on drafting a potential ordinance.

Numerous other cities and towns have adopted and considered moratoriums.

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