Old Orchard Beach halts plan for pot-growing facility

July 15th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to enact an emergency moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana in nonresidential facilities.

The 60-day moratorium was proposed by town officials in response to a local man’s plan to open a secure location for state-licensed caregivers to grow medical marijuana. The facility, if approved, would be the second of its kind in Maine and the first in Old Orchard Beach.

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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 voted Tuesday to temporarily ban any growing of medical marijuana in a commercial setting.

Because there are no similar facilities in Old Orchard Beach, the town lacks rules outlining what zone would be most appropriate for that type of business, according to town officials.

Pierre Bouthiller, a local builder and firefighter, wants to turn a former post office at 60 Saco Ave. 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.

Town Manager Larry Mead said the moratorium gives the town time to study the implications and develop rules for facilities where state-licensed caregivers would grow the drug to supply their patients.

While the town cannot regulate caregivers, it “does have a legal right to say where in the community that (nonresidential) facility can be.” Mead said

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