In some communities, such as Arlington, Hingham, Dedham, and Cambridge, officials are investigating moratoriums on medical marijuana sales.
Wellesley is next to consider a ban with a vote scheduled in April.
The Needham Board of Selectmen voted unanimously for a moratorium on dispensaries and marijuana cultivation, and their sponsored article will be brought before a town meeting in May.
The mayor of Lynn, however, vetoed a restriction on marijuana dispensaries, citing a fear that it was unconstitutional.
Bucking a regional trend, the town of Norwell made zoning changes to accommodate medical marijuana dispensaries.
The proposals comes on the heels of the legalization of medicinal marijuana and treatment centers in Massachusetts, which was approved by voters Nov. 6.
In Essex County, groups filed 16 applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses. In Middlesex and Suffolk counties, 68 applications were filed. Nineteen applications were filed in Plymouth County. In Norfolk and Bristol counties, groups submitted a combined 21 license applications, according to a statewide list released by the Department of Public Health.
Pictured: A legislative liason for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine inspects marijuana.