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August 24, 2018

Bar Harbor enacts medical marijuana retail moratorium

Photo / Tim Greenway
Photo / Tim Greenway
The Bar Harbor Town Council recent voted to enact an emergency 60-day moratorium on retail stores for the sale of harvested medical marijuana.

The Bar Harbor Town Council recent voted to enact an emergency 60-day moratorium on retail stores for the sale of harvested medical marijuana.

Bar Harbor Planning Director Janna Richards said the reason for the moratorium was to prevent such facilities from opening before the town could put regulations in place, the Mount Desert Islander reported.

"The council hasn't taken a policy stance on whether or not they want these types of establishments to occur in this municipality, and the planning board has not taken a look at how they would be regulated in this municipality," she said.

According to www.cannabusinessplans.com, Maine has been a leader in the legalization of cannabis. It was the fifth state to approve the use of medical cannabis, doing so in 1999. Medical cannabis sales in Maine have been steadily rising, and recreational cannabis stands to strengthen the state's overall cannabis market, the report stated.

Combining medical and recreational cannabis sales, Maine's cannabis sales are expected to top $321 million by 2020, according to projections from cannabis industry reporting firm New Frontier Data. Maine has robust participation in its medical marijuana program.

It's estimated that nearly 4% of Mainers are certified medical cannabis patients. That puts participation in Maine's medical cannabis program at double the average for enrollment in states whose medical cannabis have similar qualifying conditions.

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