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Newton voters reject ballot questions that would have limited marijuana shops

A marijuana plant is seen at a greenhouse in Mendocino County, California, in April 2017. –JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-marijuana campaigners in Newton declared victory late Tuesday night after a modest majority of voters in the city appeared to reject a pair of measures that would have banned or tightly limited the number of marijuana retail shops.

“We’re incredibly happy and thankful to the voters of Newton,’’ said Tom Ahern, a campaign strategist for a dispensary-funded group that opposed the initiatives. “They’re paving the way for a new industry and new opportunities for the city, including $2 million in new tax revenue. It’s a great day.’’

Supporters of the ban did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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