Only roughly 5,400 Milford residents, out of just under 28,000, came out to the polls yesterday to decide on the fate of future of "pot shops" in town. In the end, 56.3% of the voted decided against the idea. The vote came down, roughly, to a 700-vote margin. The "Vote No" campaign started late in the game with fewer numbers than Milford CARES' efforts which included campaigning, forums, rallies and advertising.
The "No" loss is a relief for the opposing side who worried that "pot shops" would make it easier for our children to get a hold of the drug.
The "Yes" win will prohibit recreational "pot shops" from doing business in town. It also makes growth more difficult for ProVerde and Safe Naturals who test and produce, respectively, medical marijuana. While recreational needs become more in demand in a pro-marijuana state, these two businesses could be forced to pack up and move to another facility to compete with competitors.
* Numbers based on "unofficial Special Election Results" sent our by the town late Tuesday night.