Old Orchard planners will consider revised pot rules

November 12th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

The Old Orchard Beach Planning Board this week will consider new rules for medical marijuana production facilities prompted by a local man’s proposal to open a secure commercial building for licensed caregivers.

Town officials say the local rules are needed to deal with commercial medical marijuana facilities not covered by state statutes, which set out requirements for growing the drug in private homes and at state-licensed dispensaries.

The Planning Board on Thursday is expected to review the proposed amendments and schedule a public hearing for Dec. 11. The board could vote as early as December to forward the changes to the Town Council for approval.

The proposed ordinance changes restrict commercial marijuana production facilities to one business zone, outline a process for review by town officials and limit the number of caregivers who can grow the drug in one building.

But Pierre Bouthiller, who proposed the production facility, said the town is producing these rules in “bad faith” and he may sue if the new rules continue to exclude the location of the building he is looking to redevelop. He first proposed the facility in June, but town officials say his plan is not grandfathered because he did not submit a formal proposal.

Bouthiller said the zone changes exclude the Saco Avenue building he wants to convert for therapeutic cannabis uses, though they would be allowed in a zone a few hundred yards away.

“It’s an unreasonable restriction,” he said of the choice to limit the facilities to only one business zone. “Quite frankly, I can’t

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