Ellsworth medical marijuana dispensary gets on step closer to opening

June 21st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Maine Organic Therapy has received the necessary city licenses to begin operations at its medical marijuana dispensary in Ellsworth.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — City councilors on Monday night approved licenses that will allow Maine Organic Therapy to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

The licenses are the last step for the company which expects to begin operations early in July, according to dispensary manager Gretchen McCarthy.

There were no comments during the required public hearing on the licenses and little discussion among councilors, although they seemed surprised they were asked to approve not only a license for the dispensary, but also a city victualer’s license.

McCarthy explained that as part of the dispensary operation, staff would be selling baked goods — cookies and brownies — with the marijuana in them. They would be baked on the premises, she said.

The baked goods could become a significant part of the dispensary operation, McCarthy said.

“There are some people who don’t want to smoke it, and some who have lung issues,” she said. “This becomes a good alternative.”

Councilor John Phillips made the motion to approve the licenses which was passed unanimously.

“They’ve met all the requirements we’ve put forth,” he said.

The dispensary will operate from a newly built building on Carriage Way off Route 1, or Bucksport Road. According to McCarthy, the dispensary already has approximately

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