Caribou gives medical marijuana dispensary green light for renewal

October 11th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

CARIBOU, Maine — Caribou City Councilors unanimously agreed to renew an operating permit for Safe Alternatives, a medical marijuana dispensary, following a public hearing on Oct. 9.

City officials found that there were no known violations of local zoning or land use ordinances, no unreasonable disturbances to nearby businesses or residents, no repeated instances of disorderly conduct, vandalism, or breaches of the peace, and no violations of state law.

Safe Alternatives CEO Leo Trudel thanked Caribou city councilors during an Oct. 9 meeting for renewing the permit for his medical marijuana dispensary on the Presque Isle road. (Chris Bouchard)

According to the Oct. 9 council packet, the only condition set forward by city staff was that the dispensary “continue to comply with all applicable laws and ordinances including, but no limited to, remaining a licensed dispensary under the State of Maine.”

The public hearing lasted only two minutes, during which City Clerk Jayne Farrin reiterated the city’s positive findings, adding that the fire chief, police chief, and code enforcement officer “have no issues” with the facility.

Leo Trudel, executive director of Safe Alternatives, expressed appreciation during the public hearing.

“Thank you for a good year,” he said. “I think we’ve been rather successful, and I have not had any infringements directed toward myself. We appreciate being able to do business here and look forward to doing more in the future.”

The  councilors unanimously voted in favor of renewing the permit, which was set to

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