Hallowell OKs first reading of marijuana licensing ordinances

September 11th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

HALLOWELL — Marijuana retailers and street performers are one step closer to being welcomed in downtown Hallowell.

City councilors approved first readings of three draft ordinances Monday: regulations for retail marijuana uses, licensing parameters for retail establishments, and dealing with live artistic performances downtown.

The draft marijuana uses and licensing ordinance defines all types of marijuana establishments, where they can be opened and the parameters applicants must follow to obtain a license. The ordinance was rolled out in August, when it was drafted by the Marijuana Task Force, appointed by Mayor Mark Walker, and worked on by city staff.

Newly appointed Councilor Kate DuFour said some language in the draft licensing ordinance worried her. 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. In another section, it states that “municipal officers may suspend or revoke any license granted under this section if, after notice, and hearing, the municipal officers determine that the license holder is unfit to hold a license.”

“Do we have parameters to how we are applying those subjective terms?” DuFour asked.

City Manager Nate Rudy said he would look into defining the terms before the next reading of the ordinance.

The draft ordinance states “the minimum setback for cannabis business establishments … shall be 1,000 linear feet from any lot line on which the business establishment is located to nearest the lot line of a public school, a private school, or a public recreational facility

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