2018-02-07 / Front Page

Eustis: Review of draft pot ordinance Thursday

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

EUSTIS — The planning board will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. to review and discuss a draft Marijuana Ordinance. The draft ordinance covers the application procedure and permit standards for the operation of retail marijuana stores; and cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities. If approved, it will implement a system to regulate marijuana businesses and ensure that possession and use of retail marijuana is limited to adults 21 years of age or older.

Per the results of a July 2017 vote, the permitting and operation of Marijuana Social Clubs is prohibited. The draft ordinance also prohibits Outdoor Commercial Cultivation facilities.

The draft proposes issuing a limit of no more than two permits for retail marijuana stores, which could only be located in defined areas. Cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities would also be restricted in location; however, the draft does not place a limit on the number of permits to be issued for such facilities.

Citing Maine Revised Statutes, the proposed ordinance restricts marijuana businesses within 1,000 feet of the property line of a public or private school. The same 1,000 foot boundary restriction applies to property used primarily for religious worship and related religious activities, permitted daycare use, recreational areas designated for use by children up to 18 years of age, and other areas designated as a municipal “safe zone.”

Odor control, fire safety and security measures are also addressed in the proposal.

The draft ordinance states any additional or stricter regulations passed down from state lawmakers will ultimately control the establishment and operation of retail marijuana stores and facilities.

The State of Maine has not yet established a regulatory system for adult-use marijuana businesses.

The hearing will be held in the Eustis Community Building. A copy of the draft is on file at the Eustis Town Office and may be reviewed. The office, at 88 Main Street in Stratton, can be reached by calling 246-4401. Its normal operating hours are Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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