Brewer medical marijuana site plans delayed

January 7th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

BREWER, Maine — Officials in charge of opening a medical marijuana dispensary in the Bangor region have signed a lease for a location on Dirigo Drive, but have decided they need another month before going in front of the planning board.

“On Monday, we’ll be submitting our site plan and will be meeting in February” with the Brewer planning board, said Rebecca DeKeuster, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, formerly known as Northeast Patients Group, on Friday.

The nonprofit organization, permitted to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, filed a site plan application for 221 Dirigo Drive last month and originally were scheduled to go before the planning board this month.

The region’s first pot dispensary is just down the street from CancerCare of Maine.

“It’s a fairly small site, it’s under 3,000-square feet, but it will provide us with enough space to provide services needed and the community center we’re envisioning,” DeKeuster said. “We’re really pleased with the site.”

Wellness Connection of Maine will use the left side of the building, which is at the intersection of Sparks Avenue and Dirigo Drive, and will need to make safety and security upgrades before opening.

“We have a really advanced security system,” DeKeuster said, adding that under state law, the facilities are not open to the general public. “We have a receptionist and everyone will be buzzed into the building.”

Patients will have to show a Maine driver’s license or Maine identification card and

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