Freeport is the latest Maine community to enact a moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments and social clubs.
The Forecaster reported that the Freeport Town Council approved a six-month moratorium on Tuesday, almost a month after imposing a similar moratorium on medical marijuana facilities.
Bangor, Portland, Brewer, Gray and Westbrook are among the municipalities that have approved six-month moratoriums on marijuana businesses, while Falmouth opted instead to hold public workshops to explore the topic of the sale and cultivation of marijuana rather than imposing a moratorium.
WCSH6 reported the town of Oakland has become the first to place an outright ban on those businesses. The ban was approved by the town council last week, the Portland TV station reported, adding that councilors said the town lacked a comprehensive plan that would provide guidance for zoning and the necessary regulations.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Gov. Paul LePage has signed a proclamation that made passage of the referendum official, which triggered a 30-day time frame for pot to be legal on Jan. 30.
The newspaper reported, however, that Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau is exploring with other lawmakers the possibility of implementing a one-year moratorium in order to work out logistics related to the law, such as its 10% sales tax, where the money for state oversight will come from and how to test drivers for marijuana intoxication.
"Maine voters passed it but we need to put some good public policy behind the implementation," Thibodeau told the newspaper. "I think the reasonable thing to do is very much like Massachusetts has already done, which is implement a moratorium with a date certain for implementation."
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