Another marijuana business eyes Rockland's Main Street

By Stephen Betts | Jul 17, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts A medical marijuana production facility is proposed for 696 Main St. in Rockland.

Rockland — Another medical marijuana store is expected to sprout in Rockland.

Kristine Doherty of Rockland submitted an application Wednesday, July 17, to the Rockland Code Enforcement Office to operate a medical marijuana production facility at 696 Main St., the site of a former C.N. Brown gas station.

The Rockland Planning Board is expected to review the application Sept. 17.

The business will go under the name of Highbrow. There will be 24-hour recorded surveillance. Air filters will be installed to prevent odors from leaving the building, according to the application.

The 1,300-foot building was constructed in 2018 after the former C.N. Brown building was demolished. C.N. Brown, based in South Paris, still owns the building and property.

This is the second application for a medical marijuana production facility pending before the Planning Board.

Glenn Johnson filed an application June 26 with the code office for a medical marijuana production facility at 270 Park St. This building had formerly been used by Midcoast Children's Services, and before that, Grace Bible Fellowship.

The Planning Board will review the Park Street proposal -- named Dirigo Medical CBD -- Aug. 6.

Currently, Scrimshaw at 500 Main St., in a building that also had once been used as a church and later an antiques storage site, is the only medical marijuana production facility in Rockland.

The applications being received by Rockland come after the Maine Legislature approved earlier this year a law to regulate retail marijuana shops. The state Office of Marijuana Policy plans to begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana business licenses by the end of the year.

Municipalities must vote to opt in for retail stores. The Rockland City Council has yet to vote on whether to allow retail marijuana stores.

The City Council has scheduled a meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, to discuss where, if anywhere, recreational and medical marijuana stores can be located.

Maine residents chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a 2016 public vote.

Rockland residents voted in a nonbinding referendum in November 2018 on whether to allow marijuana businesses in Rockland. Voters said no to allowing adult recreational marijuana stores in the downtown by a 1,610 to 1,282 tally (56 percent to 44 percent).

But they said they would support recreational marijuana stores elsewhere in the city by a 1,670 to 1,240 tally (57 percent to 43 percent).

Comments (4)
Posted by: PRUDENCE & PHILLIP NETZORG | Jul 18, 2019 23:36

Mr. Mazzeo, Would you please explain your comment regarding Arizona is Marijuana free?

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Jul 18, 2019 19:20

Francis Mazzeo, Jr. I sure wish they would put a like button on these posts!! LOL

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 18, 2019 17:28

I never knew Arizona was marijuana free.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 18, 2019 14:12

Citizens voted so Live With It!  Glad it is not in my back yard.

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