Marijuana regs on ballot in Cushing

By Daniel Dunkle | Mar 05, 2019

Cushing — Residents will decide Monday, March 18, whether to approve a site plan review ordinance that includes regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

The secret ballot election in town will be held March 18, and the annual town meeting will be held the following evening, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, at the Cushing Community Center.

Chairman Alton Grover of the Select Board said for the most part the proposed ordinance contains housekeeping amendments, but he noted that the marijuana issue has generated some discussion.

He added that the ordinance, if passed, will not affect any existing business in town.

The ordinance states that medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities may not be located within 500 feet of a school, house of worship, daycare facility, playground or another such marijuana operation.

The ordinance also regulates hours of operation, security requirements and other matters regarding the facilities.

Residents will elect two selectmen and other town officials. Grover and Selectman Martha Marchut are running unopposed for selectman seats. Craig Currie is running for a seat on the Board of Assessors and the Budget Committee. Another assessor's seat has no candidate on the ballot, but may be filled by write-in.

Residents will also vote on town expenditures. The amount to be raised through property taxes to support town services is $408,951, up about 1 percent ($4,554) from $404,397 last year, according to Grover.

He said he expects the mil rate will remain at $13.75, same as last year, if this budget passes.

The town meeting warrant, specimen ballot and proposed site plan ordinance can be viewed at cushing.maine.gov.

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