LYME — Town voters were almost evenly split in this year’s general election on whether they want to see marijuana dispensaries come to Lyme.
By a margin of only two ballots, voters agreed to keep the town’s opt-out law in place, barring any dispensaries or consumption sites from establishing themselves in the town’s borders. There were 277 votes to keep the ban in place, and 275 votes against it.
Lyme’s Town Supervisor-elect Terry D. Countryman, now a councilor, said it seems the issue is generational — older residents don’t want to see pot stores come to town, and younger residents don’t seem to care as much.
“It’s hard to really gauge where everybody is at this point. It gets really close,” he said.
Current Town Supervisor Scott G. Aubertine said he believes a big part of why many people don’t want to see dispensaries come to town is because they don’t know what they will look like.
The rules and regulations regarding dispensaries and many other aspects of the cannabis business are still unestablished. The state Cannabis Control Board is set to draft more rules in the coming months, but it could be a while before state residents have an idea of what a