Frenchville voters pass medical marijuana amendments

March 23rd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Frenchville Town Manager Casey Cote, left, talks with Kevin Lavoie, the evening s moderator, prior to the Mar. 19 public hearing and annual town meeting.- SJVT photo / Don Eno


ONLINE FIRST: FRENCHVILLE, Maine – Voters passed six amendments to a marijuana dispensary and cultivation ordinance at a public hearing this week. Residents had an opportunity Tuesday evening, March 19, to discuss and ask questions about the town’s stance on medical marijuana. At the public hearing, local citizens reviewed and voted on several amendments to the Frenchville ordinance, which was originally adopted in June 2011.

“The reality is we got what we wanted,” said Paul Bernier, vice-chair of the Frenchville Board of Selectmen, in response to criticism from audience member Craig Lawrence.

Lawyers for the town and Safe Alternatives, a state-licensed cultivation and dispensary, which has operated its cultivation facility without a permit from the town since mid-2010, had recently reached an agreement regarding issues with the ordinance. Initially, Safe Alternatives took legal action against the town, although that case is on hold while the ordinance amendments are put in place.

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