Ellsworth Extends Medical Marijuana Clinic Moratorium



ELLSWORTH — The City Council voted Monday to extend Ellsworth’s moratorium on medical marijuana clinics for six more months.

City Manager Michelle Beal said it was her understanding that the state would allow one dispensary per region and Hancock and Washington counties are considered a region.

City Planner Michele Gagnon said she has fielded calls from a few applicants who are trying to obtain one of the eight state licenses for dispensaries.

One applicant advised that he would locate a dispensary in Ellsworth and a grow facility in Bangor, which would also serve other dispensaries in the state, Gagnon said.

“We’re not here to judge morals but to ensure the well-being of the city and the protection of the public,” said Gagnon. “We’re still on a fact-finding mission.”

Status of State Law

Friday is the deadline for applications for organizations seeking a license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Maine.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services will announce licensees on July 9.

 

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