Orleans Town Meeting Voters Ban Recreational Marijuana Sales

ORLEANS – Orleans residents narrowly passed a ban on recreational marijuana sales at Monday night’s town meeting.

After extended debate, the prohibition was approved by fewer than 20 votes. It will not ban the establishment of medical marijuana retailers.

In a related article, Orleans voters did approve a zoning change that would allow for the testing and commercial cultivation of marijuana.

With the Atlantic Ocean continuing to encroach on the Nauset Beach parking lot, residents voted in favor of a $1.2 million debt exclusion to build a new dune.

The spending will still need approval at the ballot box next month.

Storms last winter and spring carved away huge sections of the beach, prompting the demolition of the iconic Liam’s Restaurant.

Town officials are concerned the beach administration building could be at risk this winter is the Cape gets hit with strong storms.

In other action, Orleans residents approved spending money to dismantle the former Tri-Town Septage Treatment Plant.

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