By Doug Harlow firstname.lastname@example.org
SKOWHEGAN — Selectmen got their first look Tuesday night at a revised medical marijuana ordinance that would prohibit dispensaries in the downtown business district and keep them away from schools and residential areas.
A draft of the proposed ordinance, first composed by Town Manager John Doucette in September, was presented by Planning Board Chairman Jeffrey McCabe, who is also a state representative for Skowhegan. Town Planner Chris Huck assisted with the draft.
“One or two bills may be introduced this session (of the Legislature) to legalize marijuana, so this may be moot,” McCabe told selectmen.
Much of the proposed ordinance is aimed at abiding by state rules governing the placement of a dispensary, while protecting the identity of applicants, medical marijuana patients, caregivers and physicians who write prescriptions.
McCabe said the Skowhegan ordinance would be based on a model created under state Department of Health and Human Services rules and on other models used elsewhere in the state.
He said there currently are no applicants for a dispensary in Skowhegan.
“We just looked at it and tried to figure out where it made the most sense for allowing a dispensary; where the best site location would be,” McCabe said before the meeting Tuesday. “One of the biggest concerns surrounds issues of traffic and visibility because it would be a place where they would not only be doing the distribution, but the growing — we want a place that’s safe