Recreational cannabis ban in Bourne

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BOURNE, Mass. (WBZ news radio) – You must be somewhere other than a Cape town to buy recreational cannabis products.

According to the Cape Cod Times, a recreational cannabis ban will be upheld in Bourne following a ruling by the Barnstable County Superior Court.

The decision comes after The Haven Center sued the city when the ban was passed in 2018 in hopes of opening a pharmacy there.

Bourne city attorney Robert S. Troy said the city had defended its ban under the Home Rule Amendment to the Massachusetts state constitution. The idea of ​​”home rule” refers to when a city in the Commonwealth can, through the consent of its legislature and constituents, make a decision – be it through a city assembly, a city council, a city council, etc.

Troy added that he believes this is the first court decision to confirm a single community’s ban on recreational cannabis in Massachusetts.

Cannabis was first legalized on a recreational basis in Massachusetts in December 2016, following an election question in November of that year.

The first retail cannabis store to open in the Cape was the Curaleaf store in Provincetown in January 2020.

Rob Woodard from WBZ NewsRadio reports.