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August 3, 2016

Will rents surge in Saco thanks to a medical marijuana ordinance?

The Saco planning board voted on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in favor of an ordinance that requires marijuana caregivers who grow the plants outside of their homes to operate within industrial zones in the city.

Saco city administrator Kevin Sutherland told the Maine Public Broadcasting Network that his support of the proposed ordinance has to do with the large amount of cash on hand that many caregivers have and a worry that it could pose a security threat.

“So my goal is to make sure that where they’re located, they’re under lock and key. They’re under proper security and it makes it easier for police to patrol,” Sutherland told MPBN.

Justin Chamberlain, a Saco caregiver, said that he was concerned that limiting where caregivers could grow could lead to a rent surge within Saco’s industrial zones.

Saco’s City Council is set to mull over the proposed ordinance at an Aug. 15 meeting.

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