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    Harry Brown exits a custom-painted former school bus on his farm in Starks. The town of 600 is one of a growing number of municipalities that are banning marijuana sales.

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    A sign marks the town line between Starks and Anson in Somerset County. Starks, host to a hemp festival, has long been Maine's epicenter of the legalize-pot movement.

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    Don Christen stands on the porch of his Starks home. Christen organizes pot-related festivals in the surrounding community.

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    Jodi Stebbins takes a bong hit at Harry Brown's house in Starks. Stebbins organizes cannabis-related festivals at Brown's farm.

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    Brown takes a whiff of homegrown, dried marijuana.Evenets scheduled for Brown's farm include: Harry’s Hoe Down, June 23-25; Green Love Renaissance, Aug. 18-20; and Harvest Ball, Oct. 6-9.

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    From the porch at Harry Brown's house, Stebbins basks in a fleeting glimpse of sun during a cloudy stretch in late May. After years of being the site of the Hempstock, the town of Starks has now voted three times against the legal sale of marijuana.

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    Christen greets his Doberman, named Sage, in his Starks home. Maine’s best-known cannabis celebration, Hempstock, began in Starks in 1991.

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