Pot dispensary rules set for review in Windham

July 26th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: July 26
Updated: Today at 1:12 AM

Pot dispensary rules set for review in Windham

Councilors will look at a plan to allow one facility in town and limit its operating hours.

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

As Windham’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries expires this week, the Town Council is considering allowing no more than one dispensary to open there.

Tonight, the council will review a set of regulations developed during the past several months by the town’s Land Use Ordinance Committee. The council is expected to refer the matter to the Planning Board for a recommendation before deciding whether to adopt the rules, said Town Manager Tony Plante.

The state law on medical marijuana dispensaries, which took effect last year, allows eight clinics in the state, with one in Cumberland County. Northeast Patients Group has a license to open that clinic, but has yet to secure a site for it. The group has said it would like the dispensary to be in Portland.

Windham councilors in January enacted a six-month moratorium on dispensaries. The ban could be extended for another six months, Plante said.

Windham officials have said adopting regulations for dispensaries is meant to be a proactive measure.

“We wanted to make sure, if it

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