Scarborough office pot grower wants to clear the air with neighbors

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Scarborough office pot grower wants to clear the air with neighbors

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH —The man who is growing medical marijuana in a commercial building in Scarborough said Wednesday that he doesn’t understand neighboring tenants’ objections to a wholly legal operation.

15 Pleasant HIll Rd. in Scarborough Monday, January 7, 2013 where one to the tenants is legally growing marijuana. Some tenants say the smell is bothering them but there is nothing they can do about it legally.

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Nevertheless, Ballou Poppas of Portland said he’s working to address odor complaints and has beefed up security, now that the location of his small crop has been publicized.

Poppas, 38, did not return calls for comment Monday or Tuesday. He contacted the Portland Press Herald on Wednesday, after the newspaper published a story about complaints from a neighboring business at Pleasant Hill Place about the strong smell of marijuana.

“I’m not the first one to grow in an office and I won’t be the last,” he said. “Have you seen Colorado or California? It’s an entire industry.”

Maine’s medical marijuana program is still evolving, but advocates and town officials said growing medical marijuana in a commercial space, rather than in a home, appears to be rare — at least so far.

Scarborough officials said Poppas is the only person who has been granted a business permit to grow

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