Four communities put brakes on pot-shops

January 30th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

This article was in the Portland Press Herald on Sat Jan 30th

PORTLAND — The expansion of Maine’s medical marijuana law approved by voters last fall allows for the creation of marijuana dispensaries. But the idea is not being embraced in a number of communities.At least four towns and cities are taking it upon themselves to pass moratoriums on pot shops. Municipal officials say they need time to create rules of their own to address questions such as where marijuana retailers will be allowed in their towns and how many there can be. Bangor officials are already working to incorporate marijuana dispensaries into the city’s zoning regulations. Auburn, Brewer,Ellsworth and South Portland have passed or intend to pass moratoriums on dispensaries.