By Louisa Moller

CHARLTON (CBS) – Charlton’s Board of Selectmen voted to move forward with a plan to turn an orchard into a large-scale marijuana farm.

Despite a petition to rescind a host agreement for the facility, board members decided to greenlight the project, drawing boos and applause from a crowded auditorium.

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Charlton Orchards (WBZ-TV)

Valley Green Grow LLC entered into a purchase agreement with Charlton Orchards after the owners decided it was time to retire.

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Valley Green Grow says the site could bring up to 300 jobs to Charlton and provided tax money to the town.

Charlton residents at Board of Selectmen meeting (WBZ-TV)

Opponents say the pot farm would be too close to schools and neighborhoods and could cause a traffic problem.

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“Very disappointed in town officials. This was a deceptive process. It was not open,” said Gerard Russell, a vocal opponent.

Louisa Moller