Marijuana dispensary dispute still in court

October 18th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

This is Safe Alternatives, a state-approved medical marijuana facility on Route 1 in Frenchville. - SJVT photo / Don Eno


Oct. 17 edition: FRENCHVILLE, Maine – The question of whether or not a St. John Valley medical marijuana facility will remain in business may end up in the hands of the courts.

Earlier this summer Safe Alternatives, a state-approved medical marijuana facility in Frenchville, filed a complaint against the town in Caribou Superior Court. This relates to the ongoing dispute surrounding the town of Frenchville’s medical marijuana ordinance and its legitimacy in regulating Safe Alternatives.

“We are trying to negotiate an outcome friendly to all parties,” Safe Alternative’s attorney Jonathan Berry said during a phone call on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Berry said that, although some negotiations would continue outside of the courtroom, guidance from the court is still being sought, including a conference among the lawyers and Judge E. Allen Hunter.

The Caribou court clerk has confirmed that such a conference, via telephone, has been scheduled for Oct. 23.

Safe Alternatives and Leo Trudel, the principal officer and one of the organization’s directors, are listed as the plaintiffs in the filing. No individual town employees or elected officials are named as defendants in the filing.

Among the specific items in the complaint are allegations that that town ordinance is unallowable under the state’s

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