Augusta to seek to ban medical marijuana caregivers from residential neighborhoods

October 12th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — City officials plan to pursue a ban on medical marijuana caregivers from residential zones citywide.

Though they didn’t vote at their informational meeting Thursday, a majority of city councilors indicated they want the city to ban medical marijuana caregivers from selling marijuana to their patients in the residential neighborhoods of Augusta.

The proposed ban might include grandfathering or sunset provisions, which could allow existing medical marijuana caregivers to keep operating out of their homes in residential zones for a to-be-determined period of time.

However, at least five councilors indicated they think the city should take action so medical marijuana operations do not continue to take place in residential neighborhoods, expressing concern about their potential negative effects, and asked an attorney to draft a ban.

A majority of councilors also indicated they’d favor of allowing marijuana retail stores in commercial zones in Augusta.

“I think marijuana should be just as legal to sell as groceries at Shaw’s,” Ward 1 Councilor Linda Conti said. “But you don’t see people running medical centers or grocery stores out of their homes.”

At-large Councilor Corey Wilson said he would vote for a proposal to ban medical marijuana caregivers from residential areas of the city only if the city allows medical marijuana storefronts in commercial zones.

Kristin Collins, a Preti Flaherty attorney working for the city, said her firm’s review indicates municipalities can ban medical marijuana caregivers from residential zones as long as they don’t prohibit them altogether and allow them in some zoning districts.

“Can you ban it in residential areas?

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/10/11/augusta-to-seek-to-ban-medical-marijuana-caregivers-from-residential-neighborhoods/

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