Marijuana Contract Is Under A Cloud

ELLSWORTH — The state has awarded a Portland firm, Primary Organic Therapy, a contract to serve as the medical marijuana dispensary for Hancock and Washington counties.


That award is in jeopardy, however, because the firm provided the wrong figures in its application. It listed the population of Hancock and Washington counties as 200,000 when it actually is about 90,000.

Primary Organic also used revenue projections for Hancock and Washington counties based on the wrong population numbers.

The mistakes could have been copy and paste errors, as Primary Organic had also applied for a license in York County, which does have a population of 200,000.

However, those mistakes were not caught by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services during the review process.

Cathy Cobb, DHHS director of the division of licensing and regulatory services, said the state is going to have Primary Organic provide numbers specific for Hancock and Washington counties.

The license award will stay with Primary Organics “as long as the breakdown doesn’t materially change the success of their business plan,” Cobb said.

The Washington County town of Whitneyville, population 254, near Machias is the proposed site for a retail location, but that could change.

“It has to be somewhere in District 7,” Cobb said. “We are working with all the applicants to make sure” the locations would still be in compliance.

The firm will grow marijuana in Sanford.

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