Rockland planners review downtown pot facility as Council readies for moratorium vote – Courier

August 8th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board held its first review Tuesday evening of a proposed medical marijuana production facility for 266 Main St., ultimately deciding that the application was incomplete.

But the proposal’s fate is uncertain as the Rockland City Council is scheduled to vote Monday, Aug. 13 on whether to impose a six-month moratorium on such projects.

The man proposing the marijuana production facility, Mark Crockett, told Councilors Monday evening, Aug. 6 that a moratorium was not necessary. He said there were already limits in the city ordinance that regulates the facilities.

Those include a 250-foot distance between the lots of marijuana facilities from other marijuana businesses and a 500-foot buffer between the lot of a marijuana facility and that of a school lot.

Crockett said that Mayor Valli Geiger’s concern about pot shops popping up throughout Main Street is unfounded.

A week earlier Geiger had voiced concern that one project has already been approved by the Planning Board, a second one (Crockett’s proposal) has been submitted, and a third person has taken out an application. The identity of that person is not known but told the code office staff when he picked up an application that the project would be downtown.

Councilor Amelia Magjik said when the city ordinance was created she did not intend for retail marijuana stores to be downtown.

Rockland has not voted to allow retail marijuana sales when the state law takes effect later this year. The state law requires municipalities to vote in order for retail sales to occur.


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