OGUNQUIT ― The Select Board on Tuesday defeated a proposal to place a moratorium on retail marijuana establishments and social clubs on the June warrant.
The board voted 2-2 ― thereby defeating ― the proposal. Select Board Chair Barbara Dailey and Selectman Gary Latulippe voted to put the proposal on the warrant; Rick Dolliver and Vice Chair John Daley voted no. Selectman Bob Winn was absent.
The board could have issued a 90-day moratorium to address the issue of retail marijuana operations, but instead chose to allow voters to decide. The plan was to have a permanent ordinance in place for a public vote on the November warrant.
“I heard loud and clear from voters on Nov. 8, 2016, and have heard loud and clear the last three times we’ve had this on the agenda … I’m not going to double guess their wishes, and I don’t believe we should use moratoriums so loosely,” said Vice Chair Daley.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Maine voters approved Question 1 to legalize the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana. In January, however, the legislature approved a moratorium on implementing parts of the law regarding retail sales and taxation until at least February 2018, giving time to resolve issues and promulgate rules. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.
As with alcohol sales, municipalities can vote on whether or not to be a “dry town” regarding retail marijuana establishments and social clubs. CEO Scott Heyland proposed the moratorium