Portland pot dispensary abandons plans for ‘vapor lounge’

Posted Dec. 30, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The operators of a medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to open in Portland say they will not have a “vapor lounge” at the site after state officials raised concerns.

A “vapor lounge” is an area where patients can inhale the medicinal compounds while avoiding the irritating and carcinogenic effects of smoking.

Wellness Connection of Maine said on its website this month that it planned to include the lounge at its facility expected to open in February.

John Thiele, program manager for the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, said those plans ran afoul of state regulations and he was concerned the dispensary would become a hangout.

Rebecca DeKeuster of Wellness Connection told The Portland Press Herald that after talking to state officials, the company has amended its plans.

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