York board rejects appeal to shut down marijuana growing operation

August 20th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

YORK, Maine — Over the objections of numerous abutters and residents who voiced concerns about increased traffic, safety and their quality of life, the York Appeals Board on Wednesday upheld a July 9 decision allowing a medical marijuana facility to continue operations.

Neighbors of the medical marijuana facility at 17 White Birch Lane indicated after the meeting they would consider an appeal of the decision to the York County Superior Court.

The Appeals Board made its unanimous decision before a standing-room-only crowd in the York Public Library, with members voicing reluctance for their decision.

Board member Mike Swant, who had abstained during the July vote, said, “I have great empathy with the neighbors. … Would I like to live there? I wouldn’t.”

The board was making its decision based on zoning regulations, members said.

They ruled, as they did on July 9, that medical marijuana is a manufacturing operation and therefore grandfathered at the site. Abutter concerns such as regulatory oversight and vehicles going to the facility late at night were not within their purview, they said.

Board member Britton Garon said, “There are concerns there’s a change in the neighborhood. I just don’t see how we have the authority to address those.”

Chairman Robert Lascelles said, “I’m struggling again to think about this issue whether it’s a change. I still think it’s manufacturing; the implication is difficult to the neighborhood.”

Abutter Michael Briggs of Emus Way had asked the Appeals Board to reconsider its July decision allowing building owner Robert Grant to continue allowing nine caregivers to

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