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A temporary ban on marijuana-related businesses passed at a special town meeting on Friday with cheers among the crowd of about 200 residents.

In February, New Marlborough resident Rebecca Schrieber and several others concerned about a recent proposal for a marijuana establishment put together a petition for a special town meeting for a marijuana moratorium.

In about three days, the group, “concerned citizens of New Marlborough” collected more than 250 signatures of people in favor of having the special town meeting.

“There is a lot to gain and really nothing to lose by voting yes for the temporary moratorium,” Schrieber said at the special town meeting Friday. “You want to slow down just enough to get this right.”

A majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts have imposed moratoriums on marijuana establishments while they work to draft bylaws that regulate the future businesses.

New Marlborough’s temporary ban will be in effect until June 30, 2019.