OOB cautious about facility – Biddeford – Saco

July 17th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – The town council was scheduled to consider an emergency ordinance at its Tuesday, June 15 meeting, after the Courier’s deadline, to place a moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana in non-residential locations.

The measure is in response to a presentation given to the planning board last week by resident Pierre Bouthiller, who wants to create a state-of-the-art facility for cultivation and research and development of marijuana and edible cannabis products.

Bouthiller hopes to repurpose a building at 60 Saco Ave. that has been vacant for seven years and was once a post office. The facility could house four separate units for use by caregivers and would include security, climate control and lighting. Additionally, Bouthiller said he is working with state officials to incorporate a laboratory component to the facility, to better research the qualities of the plant.

“The goal is to increase the overall scientific body of knowledge about cannabis,” Bouthiller said, “to have peer-reviewable protocols that physicians could rely on for alternative medicine for people that are suffering.”

The research aspect of the center, he said, could be a groundbreaking endeavor for the medical marijuana industry nationally.

“We need to create real science instead of anecdotal,” Bouthiller said. “Not ‘I think,’ but we need to have ‘I know.’”

Bouthiller said he does not use cannabis products, but believes in using them as alternative medicine after seeing his friend struggle with esophageal cancer and using doctorprescribed opiate-based drugs.

“He had no appetite and acute anxiety, and (marijuana) was the only thing

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