Veazie to weigh delay on pot dispensaries

Posted June 22, 2010, at 8:27 p.m.

Veazie residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about a proposed six-month moratorium on the location and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries at a public hearing 7 p.m. July 19.

The Orono Town Council also decided to table a similar measure at its June 14 meeting due to uncertainty about pending state legislation regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.

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“The problem is that we’re not entirely clear what the state regulations will be,” said Cathy Conlow, Orono’s town manager.

Additionally, Orono council member Mark Haggerty felt the measure would be an inefficient use of the council’s time, according to Conlow. Instead of using six months to draft new zoning regulations, Haggerty would rather see changes made in committee to the town’s existing land use ordinance, which could then be approved by the council, she said.

In a May 25 Bangor Daily News story, Haggerty was quoted saying he felt the council would be “wasting an inordinate amount of time” if the moratorium was passed, since the issue could be resolved within the existing statutes.

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