Rockland planners OK downtown marijuana facility – Courier

May 18th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board gave unanimous approval Thursday evening to allowing a medical marijuana processing facility to operate at a downtown building.

Nick Westervelt of Westervelt Provisions LLC must still get a permit from the Rockland City Council to operate the facility at the former First Baptist Church at 500 Main St.

Westervelt has said the earliest he could open would be late August.

The city’s attorney issued an opinion on a question raised at the last meeting of the planners on whether a head shop that sells drug paraphernalia can be located at the same location as a medical marijuana facility. The attorney ruled that it was permissible for both to operating at the same location.

The project has been met with oppositions from neighboring businesses and residents.

In addition to growing marijuana for medical patients, Westervelt plans to have a glass shop that will sell paraphernalia related to marijuana and tobacco use. Westervelt also acknowledged that he plans to open a retail marijuana store once the state establishes regulations.

The Maine Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Paul LePage earlier this month to make retail sales legal. Maine voters had approved legalizing recreational marijuana in a November 2016 referendum although the law approved by the Legislature was different than what voters had supported.

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