Town officials in Clinton, Skowhegan and Winslow took steps to enact restrictions on retail marijuana establishments this week, joining about two dozen other communities acting in the wake of the Nov. 8 vote to legalize marijuana.

In Clinton, the board of selectman voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass an emergency moratorium on retail marijuana establishments. The moratorium will stand for 60 days unless extended or repealed by selectmen, and it allows the planning board time to prepare changes to the land-use ordinance. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the measure at the Town Meeting in June.

Also on Tuesday night, the selectmen in Skowhegan agreed to move forward with a local ordinance that would prohibit all types of retail marijuana establishments and retail social clubs under the state’s municipal home rule authority. The next step will be a public hearing leading up to a vote of Skowhegan residents at the Town Meeting in June.

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