Hallowell City Council moves sidewalk art, adult-use marijuana ordinances forward

October 9th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

HALLOWELL — After the approval of the second reading on Tuesday, an ordinance explaining licensing procedure and zoning for adult-use marijuana establishments could be enacted next month.

The City Council advanced adult-use marijuana ordinances and an ordinance to allow street performers downtown to third and final readings. These two ordinances were first discussed last month.

Only one change was made to the marijuana ordinance, limiting the amount of available licenses for retail stores in Downtown Hallowell to two, as requested last month by Councilor Lisa-Harvey McPherson.

“I think we need to balance social recreation with business and other family-oriented activity in the district,” she said last month. “It’s a lot easier to move up (and) it’s going to be exceedingly difficult to go down.”

No change was made after Councilor Kate DuFour said last month that some language about licensing was “subjective.”

In one section, it states that an applicant’s “good moral character” could be weighed by city officials in determining whether to issue or deny a license.

City Manager Nate Rudy addressed these potentially subjective terms, saying that he was advised to keep them in the draft ordinance because they were “tried and true.”

“It echoes the language in liquor licensing,” he said.

There are two medical marijuana establishments in Hallowell, Cold Brook Cannabis on Greenville Street and the Cannabis Healing Center on Water Street. Both would have to apply for retail licenses if interested, but Cold Brook Cannabis is not subject to limits on retail stores because it is outside of the downtown

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