October 20, 2017
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Medical marijuana facility opens in northern Maine

The Associated Press

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Maine’s first medical marijuana facility has opened in Frenchville near the Canadian border.

WLBZ-TV in Bangor says the Safe Alternatives dispensary on Route 1 is also the first facility of its kind on the East Coast.

It looks like a typical house and has no signs. It does have video cameras and floodlights that town officials say operate 24/7. The facility is less than a mile from an elementary school but state law only requires it to be no closer than 500 feet.

Still, some area residents say they’re concerned.

The town of Frenchville is working on a proposed ordinance that would be stricter than the state’s laws for marijuana cultivation facilities.

Maine voters in 2009 approved an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana law to allow dispensaries.

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