By Louisa Moller

CHARLTON (CBS) – At a packed, special town meeting, residents voted in favor of a ban on the sale and manufacture of recreational pot in Charlton. The proposed ban must go to a ballot question before it can go into effect.

It is the opposite of what the town voted for last year, and a reaction, supporters say to a proposal to put a massive pot farm on the lands of an orchard.

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“We’re not anti-pot. It just needs to be away from schools. That three million square foot building was going to be 500 feet from the school we’re in right now,” said Stephen Koronis, a supporter of the ban.

Charlton residents vote in favor of ban on recreational pot (Louisa Moller/WBZ-TV)

The farm, run by Valley Green Grow LLC, would be the size of more than 15 football fields. Some residents worry that it would lower their property values.

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The owners of the orchard say opponents of the pot farm used fear tactics to spread misinformation.

“It’s just a very few that can’t quite answer what their problem is,” said Nathan Benjamin.

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The proposed ban will only make it to a ballot question with approval from the Charlton Board of Selectmen.

Louisa Moller