Though Maine isn’t set to vote on recreational marijuana legalization until November, city officials in the state’s capital want to hit the ground running logistically. Bangor leadership is studying best practices from legalized states around the country to hammer out any restrictions or guidelines that would need to be put in place come November; the Bangor City Council hopes to gain valuable insight into which regulations are effective and which are not.
“We’re not taking a position on the referendum itself, and we have no intentions of doing so,” cautioned Councilor Joe Baldacci.
In a city council meeting Tuesday night, Councilor Josh Plourde made it clear that Bangor didn’t intend to ban the sale or cultivation of cannabis, which would be an available option at the city level under the proposed new statewide initiative. “If our goal were to limit access by becoming a ‘dry town,’ so to say, it’s very easy to drive to Brewer or Hampden to make purchases,” which would render a ban on sales in Bangor useless, Plourde explained. Rather, there’s likely a set of regulations the city can put in place to ensure a safe, effective, and thriving market, which would please all sides involved.
According to “Question 1” on Maine’s upcoming ballot, Maine cities and towns would be prohibited from banning “cultivation of marijuana on a limited scale in a personal residence.” What the council must