Neighbors turn to Superior Court in effort to shut down York marijuana growing …

September 3rd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

YORK, Maine — Four abutters of a medical marijuana facility in York have filed a court appeal attempting to shut it down until the town grants permission for its operation.

Plaintiff Michael Briggs of Emus Way originally filed an appeal to the York Board of Appeals and lost in a decision by that board on Aug. 13.

He wanted the board to deny the appeal of 17 White Birch Lane warehouse owner Robert Grant over a town notice of violation for allowing medical pot to be grown there prior to getting planning board approval for a change of use. The board ruled marijuana production was manufacturing, and therefore it did not represent a change of use for the warehouse.

Briggs and neighbors Sarah Sanford, Steve Rowley and Charles Spear have filed an appeal in York County Superior Court seeking to remand the matter back to the town and the York Board of Appeals and to direct the board to deny Grant’s appeal, according to paperwork filed in York County Superior Court on Aug. 21.

“It’s on behalf of the entire neighborhood,” Briggs said Tuesday.

“I really truly honestly hope that the state of Maine actually sees what’s going on and puts some oversight or enforcement action in place, to put the same amount of oversight into these facilities as facilities that are very well regulated,” Briggs continued, naming the medical marijuana dispensary in Biddeford as an example. “Unfortunately the state of Maine have left these facilities to go unchecked which allows them to operate around

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