Portland rejects marijuana dispensary moratorium

Posted June 22, 2010, at 9:47 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors in Maine’s largest city have rejected a proposed six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Monday night’s unanimous vote clears the way for a dispensary to open without delay in downtown Portland.

The city’s attorney had recommended a temporary ban to give officials time to write local operating and zoning rules.

After rejecting the moratorium, councilors voted to allow dispensaries in three downtown business districts. That recommendation now goes to the Planning Board before coming back to the council for a final vote.

Maine voters in November approved a statewide referendum that expands the state’s medical marijuana law. It allows retail dispensaries where patients can legally buy pot with a doctor’s prescription.