Neighbors worry proposed York building will be expansion of controversial pot …

September 16th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

YORK, Maine — The York Planning Board on Friday morning took a site walk of 16 White Birch Lane, property located next door to a medical marijuana facility.

Two neighbors also joined the walk to see where property owner Josh Stauble is seeking to build a 7,500-square-foot metal building next to an existing building where he operates his online electronics company, In and Out Computers, he said.

Abutter Chuck Ott said, “The 800-pound gorilla is [the question of], ‘Will this become an extension of the manufacturing of medical marijuana?’ Is it a good idea to have a huge concentration of medical marijuana in one location?”

Stauble declined to say what he intends to do with the new building, if approved.

He is the son-in-law of Robert Grant, who owns 17 White Birch Lane, where an estimated nine caregivers grow medical marijuana.

“Guilty by association,” said Planning Board member Lew Stowe, quoting a comment Stauble made during a July meeting.

Stowe said he expected more neighbors to show up for the site walk, as they have for Planning Board meetings whenever the issue of medical marijuana comes up.

“I read into it they are OK [with Stauble’s intended plan],” Stowe said.

Stauble and Edward Brake of Attar Engineering are expected to present their proposal to the Planning Board this year, possibly in November.

It includes a locked gate across White Birch Lane, prior to where the road approaches number 16 and 17, which also includes Grant’s company, Maine Coast Lumber.

Workers on Friday were doing construction at the gate site.

Ott said

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