Marijuana-growing proposal a first in Old Orchard Beach

July 15th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

The Old Orchard Beach Town Council is considering an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation facilities, a move prompted by a local man’s unusual proposal to lease a building for registered caregivers to grow marijuana plants.

Pierre Bouthiller, a local builder and firefighter, wants to turn a former post office into a secure facility for four caregivers to grow the drug for their patients. He also would like to use the facility as a research laboratory to study the medicinal effects of the drug.

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Pierre Bouthiller poses Monday outside the former post office in Old Orchard Beach where he is proposing a facility for four licensed caregivers to grow marijuana. The Town Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure that would temporarily ban the growing of medical marijuana in a commercial setting.

It would be the first of its kind in Old Orchard Beach, and perhaps the first statewide.

Town Manager Larry Mead said passing an emergency 60-day moratorium on cultivation in a nonresidential setting would give the town time to study the implications and develop rules for facilities where state-licensed caregivers would grow the drug to supply their patients. Councilors will take up the proposed moratorium at a meeting Tuesday. It would not affect caregivers growing marijuana in their homes.

“Because it’s new and uncharted territory for the town, it makes sense to take a look at it,” Mead said.

Town officials worry about security, among other things. Bouthiller said his facility would be more secure than the homes

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