Stonington voters to decide pot ordinance, opioid education funding

STONINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at the town office, will decide whether to enact a six-month moratorium on retail marijuana establishments and social clubs.

The question is being raised because Maine voters legalized recreational marijuana use during last November’s referendum.

“The moratorium gives the town time to figure out what they want to do with any legal considerations with it,” said Town Manager Kathleen Billings. “The marijuana law did pass here, which is fine, but this gives people a chance to have some discussion and decide what they want to do.”

Billings said six months would give Stonington time to hold public meetings on the issue.

Voters also will be asked whether to raise $20,000 for the purpose of funding prescription opioid and heroin abuse education in the Deer Isle-Stonington elementary and high schools as well as for treatment and recovery programs for island residents.

In other news, the total proposed budget is flat, Billings said.

Selectmen will present a total proposed municipal budget of $1,620,673.

That’s an increase of just under $20,000 over this year’s budget of $1,600,991.

Deer Isle-Stonington voters take up the school budget jointly at a separate meeting in the spring.

In election news, there are two open seats on the Board of Selectmen.

Longtime Selectman Richard Larrabee Sr. has decided not to seek re-election.

Selectman John Robbins, who had filled out the remainder of former Selectman Ben Barrows’ term, is seeking election to a three-year term on the board.

Former Selectman John Steed also is seeking a three-year term on the board.