Gardiner OKs opening of medical marijuana dispensary in former train station

July 18th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

GARDINER — The Planning Board at its meeting Tuesday night gave unanimous approval for the operator of four of Maine’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries to move its Hallowell dispensary to the former train station on Maine Avenue in Gardiner.

Wellness Connection of Maine, also with dispensaries in Portland, Brewer and Thomaston, plans to lease the nearly century-old building along the Kennebec River as a dispensary and to make edible marijuana products.

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The former railroad depot in Gardiner is where the Wellness Connection of Maine plans to move its medical marijuana dispensary from Hallowell.

Patricia Rosi, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, said at the meeting that the company is moving to Gardiner because it needs a larger, more accessible location for its patients. She said the company is looking forward to taking part in revitalization of the city’s downtown and occupying the building that’s been vacant for more than a decade.

The board approved the application with a few conditions, including that the signs meet any National Register of Historic Places conditions, if necessary, and that the city receives a signed copy of the lease agreement with the building owner.

A few residents spoke against the proposal at the public hearing because they object to a medical marijuana dispensary going into the historic building.

“It’s not a place for the community,” said Gayle Warren, of River Avenue. She said she was hoping the building would be used for something that everyone in the city can use.

The former train station was

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