Voters to decide on limiting pot shops

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One pot shop open and four more have been approved in Great Barrington. Now, the town will take up whether it should limit the amount of cannabis businesses.

Select Boardman Ed Abrahams said people have been vocal about the addition of more shops to the town.

“It’s new for all of us and we spent years, a lifetime, for most of us thinking this was a bad thing, an illegal thing, something to avoid,” Abrahams said.

A public vote will be held at the May 6 town meeting where voters will decide if they want a cap on businesses. The select board will then deliberate what a limit should be, which could take months.

Abrahams said there’s been no trouble at the town’s sole seller, Theory Wellness. He believes the lines will get shorter when more businesses set up shop.

Theory Wellnesses’ owner, Brandon Pollock, said he’s open to a free market, though he is in favor of limiting businesses.

“It does make sense to draw the limit somewhere because we don’t want to be the town known for the, you know, first dispensery to have to close,” Pollock said.

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