FRANKFORT — By a margin of only six votes, Frankfort residents defeated a ballot question that would have opted the town into the state’s recreational and medicinal marijuana legislation.

The town reported election night that 288 voters rejected the referendum, while 282 voted in favor of it. Results for the municipality were tallied before 9 p.m.

It is the second time this year residents have rejected opting into the state’s marijuana ordinance. During this year’s March 25 annual town meeting, residents voted down an article on the Town Warrant that would have allowed adult-use marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities to operate in the municipality.

Resident Allison DeCarlo brought the question forward with a citizen petition. She had hoped to start a medical marijuana grow operation on land she owns in the town, she told Journal staff in a previous interview.

During an Oct. 24 public meeting, 17 residents discussed the referendum question. None of them expressed opinions overtly against opting into the state’s marijuana legislation, but some of them expressed apprehension about opting into it without first having a town ordinance in place.

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