York faces question on pot-growing rules

October 23rd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

York residents will not vote on a recreational marijuana referendum after repeated attempts failed to get the question on the town’s ballot. But they will face a different marijuana-related question in voting booths Nov. 4.

Voters will be asked to enact rules limiting where medical marijuana caregivers can grow their plants, a proposal that grew out of a conflict between one such facility and its neighbors.

The zoning changes would regulate marijuana as a land use, restrict caregivers growing in commercial settings to a section along the Route 1 corridor, and prevent more than one grower from using the same lot. They also would require a public approval process and establish a business licensing requirement to monitor ongoing consistency with the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, according to the proposed ordinance. The restrictions would not apply to caregivers growing medical marijuana in their own homes.

The proposed changes also would limit the town to one dispensary if the state ever approves additional locations in York County. Maine currently allows eight regional dispensaries, including one in York County.

The proposal comes as the town defends a Board of Appeals decision allowing multiple medical marijuana caregivers to continue to grow the drug in separate sections of a warehouse on White Birch Lane. Neighbors of the property filed a suit in August trying to shut down the facility, which is used by about nine licensed caregivers, while town officials say the manufacturing use is allowed on the property and they have no oversight of the growers.


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