Portland neighbors welcome proposed medical marijuana dispensary

October 1st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Security checks in ticket holders at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland Friday afternoon before First Lady Michelle Obama arrives for her fundraising visit.

PORTLAND, Maine — People who will live and work near a proposed medical marijuana dispensary off Longfellow Square in Portland say they welcome the new business to their neighborhood.

“I think it’s awesome,” Allison Stevens, who lives in an apartment building across the street from the proposed site, told the Bangor Daily News. “I think it’s a viable business. I think it’s a shame it’s going to be taxed, but people need [medical marijuana] and this will make it accessible.”

Northeast Patients Group has secured a lease to set up a dispensary for the legalized marijuana at 685 Congress St., in a 6,500-square-foot space in the rear side of the brick building that also houses Local 188 restaurant.

“We’re in the process of renovating it,” said Becky DeKeuster, chief executive officer of Northeast Patients Group. “We have some build-out and adjustments we want to do with the floor plan to make it functional for patients, but it’s a fantastic site with great neighbors. We were really, really fortunate to find that site.”

Northeast Patients Group was awarded four of Maine’s eight regional medical marijuana dispensary

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