Neighbors fight cluster of medical pot growers in York

September 2nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

York residents have gone to court to try to shut down a cluster of medical marijuana growing operations in their neighborhood, the latest conflict to raise questions about oversight of the rapidly growing industry.

Questions about whether a warehouse containing nine small-scale growers is, or should be, allowed have led to complaints from local officials that the state’s medical marijuana law is ambiguous. It’s the latest dispute to draw attention to the difficulty that community officials have in dealing with complaints about pot growing facilities over which they have no regulatory authority.

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Property owner Robert Grant, who has operated a wood manufacturing business in one of two buildings at 17 White Birch Lane since 1993, checked with York police before he allowed nine licensed caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana in a warehouse, his lawyer says.

While some are looking to the state to clarify the rules, York town officials have proposed zoning changes related to marijuana that residents will vote on in November.

Meanwhile, the appeal filed last week by neighbors asks a York County Superior Court judge to overturn a York Zoning Board decision. The local board ruled that property owner Robert Grant is not violating town ordinances by allowing nine state-licensed caregivers to grow medical marijuana in separate units in his warehouse at 17 White Birch Lane.

State law bans the small-scale caregivers from collaborating or forming collectives for larger scale cultivation or distribution. But it does not prohibit multiple caregivers from growing marijuana in the same commercial facility.


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