Augusta might ban medical marijuana caregivers from residential zones

August 30th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — A majority of city councilors expressed interest in banning medical marijuana caregivers from selling to their patients in all residential zoning districts in the city.

That desire diverges from the recommendation of a city subcommittee, and the Planning Board, that the city regulate — but not ban — medical marijuana caregivers operating out of their homes.

Most councilors, in an informal straw poll after a lengthy discussion last week on what the city should do to regulate medical marijuana sales in Augusta, indicated they do not want to allow retail sales of medical marijuana by caregivers in residential zoning districts. Councilors did indicate they would favor allowing medical marijuana caregivers to operate in commercial and other nonresidential zones in the city — even out of their homes — if they are located in a commercially zoned district.

“If a physician or pharmacy wanted to open a business, they’d have to follow our rules, our zoning, and they couldn’t go to a residential area; they’d have to go to a commercial area,” said Ward 4 Councilor Eric Lind. “So why don’t we just follow the same rules for this? A caregiver is a caregiver. Whether it’s a marijuana caregiver, a physician, a dentist or a pharmacy, you put them where we think it’s appropriate in the city to operate a business.”

Resident Catherine Cobb, a member of the subcommittee studying marijuana-related issues in Augusta, warned that such a ban would upset some caregivers already operating out of their homes in

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