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Opt Out Newton, the citizens group seeking a ban on retail marijuana stores is believed to have collected in excess of the 6,000 signatures it needs to go back before the City Council.

The council will now be asked to put the ban on the November ballot. The petitions will be discussed at the council’s Programs and Services committee meeting next week, with a full council vote by mid-September.  If the council denies the request, the organizers could collect an additional 3,000 new signatures to force the question onto the ballot. However they would only have a few weeks to do so to meet the ballot deadlines.

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