Eliot residents to vote on medical marijuana among items Saturday

June 17th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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ELIOT, Maine — Residents on Saturday will be asked to vote on new ordinances and changes to existing ones in addition to the warrants that concern the town budget.

Voting will take place at the annual Town Meeting following the 6:30 p.m. Special Town Meeting on proposed ordinances designed to stop a strip club from opening on Route 236. The meetings are at Marshwood Middle School.

The following is a summary of what voters consider.

Warrant Article 35 makes changes to clarify ordinances regulating the location of medical marijuana dispensaries, said Planning Assistant Kate Pelletier.

“We did get a lot of input from residents on what they believe were important things that needed to be addressed, even though there are a lot of things that are repeated in the state regulations,” she said

An example, she said, is “not being able to be located within 500 feet of a public school, health care facility, place of worship or public facility.” The ordinance states the dispensaries are only allowed in the commercial/industrial zone that is mostly along Route 236.

Other provisions establish requirements for proper screening, making sure cultivation occurs indoors, in fully enclosed and locked facilities, and other similar requirements, she added.

Article 36 increases the maximum height of structures in the commercial/ industrial zone from 35 to 55 feet and would allow for a four-story structure at that height. This change was originally proposed by the

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