Drug center rules top Topsham agenda

February 14th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

TOPSHAM — Proposals to enact three new ordinances, including two that deal with medical marijuana dispensaries and drug treatment facilities, top the agenda for Wednesday’s special town meeting in Topsham.

Those who attend the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the commons at Mt. Ararat High School, also will vote on whether to accept Paxton Lane as a public way and to enact an ordinance that would make it possible for Topsham property owners to apply for federal funding to make their homes more energy efficient.

Following election of a moderator, voters will take up Article 2, which seeks acceptance of Paxton Lane as a public road. The Planning Board recommends the article “ought to pass.”

Article 3 deals with a proposal to establish a municipal framework for dealing with medical marijuana dispensaries should one be proposed for Topsham. No such proposal exists at present.

Since Maine voters in No-vember 2009 passed a citizen initiative question that expands the state’s medicinal marijuana laws and allows for the establishment of certified nonprofit medicinal marijuana dispensaries, selectmen passed two consecutive six-month moratoriums on marijuana dispensaries to allow planning staff to research and propose regulations related to how and where such a facility could operate.

Article 3 includes standards that would prohibit a medical marijuana dispensary from being closer than 500 feet to the nearest property boundary of a lot being used for residential purposes, playground, church, school or park; or closer than 1,000 feet to the nearest property boundary of a

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