Medical pot dispensary to open in Hallowell

September 29th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »


Posted: 12:00 AM
Updated: 10:39 PM

Medical pot dispensary to open in Hallowell

By Susan McMillan
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Central Maine’s medical marijuana dispensary will be in downtown Hallowell, and its operators hope to open it by the end of October.

WATER STREET: A marijuana dispensary is planning to open above the Liberal Cup in Hallowell.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Northeast Patients Group signed a lease in late August to occupy the second floor of 115 Water St., above The Liberal Cup brew pub.

The nonprofit organization, which has licenses to operate four of the state’s eight initial dispensaries, will also put its offices in the building, Executive Director Becky DeKeuster said Wednesday.

Mayor Charlotte Warren and City Manager Mike Starn said they met with DeKeuster in early September. She told them Northeast had a lease with Mattson Development and soon would start renovations on the space.

There was no review by City Council or the Planning Board, city officials said, because the use meets the city’s zoning requirements.

Warren characterized the siting of the dispensary in Hallowell as a landlord-tenant deal between private parties.

“It’s a permissible use for that area,” Warren said. “It’s not

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