Rockland readies medical pot laws

By Stephen Betts | Nov 06, 2017

Rockland — The Rockland City Council will consider next week whether to adopt regulations on medical marijuana facilities that limit their numbers and locations.

Councilor Amelia Magjik is sponsoring ordinances to regulate both medical marijuana production facilities and dispensaries. The council is scheduled to hold a preliminary vote on the measures Monday, Nov. 13. If approved, a formal public hearing and final vote could be held in December.

The local legislation does not deal with the sale of recreational marijuana, which is tied up at the state and federal government levels. The Maine Legislature was scheduled to meet Monday, Nov. 6, to attempt to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a law to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana.

The ordinances proposed by Magjik include a limit of one medical marijuana dispensary in Rockland. There would be a limit of four medical marijuana production facilities in Rockland, under the proposed ordinance.

Both the dispensary and production plants would be limited to three commercial zones in Rockland (C1, C2 and C3). This includes most of Park Street (west of Union Street), a section of New County Road, the west side of Main Street from North Main to Cedar street, the west side of Main from Thomaston to Holmes street, and most of Camden Street.

No dispensary or production facilities could be within 500 feet of each other, under the legislation.

The facilities would also be prohibited from having a sign that includes the word "marijuana" or any graphic that identifies it as a marijuana facility.

Proposed marijuana businesses would have to go before the Rockland Planning Board, at which time the panel would review security plans. The ordinances also make it unlawful for odors from the shops or production facilities to be detected beyond the property line.

Medical marijuana patients and their caregivers would not be regulated by this ordinance for home production.

In June, Nick Westervelt and his attorney, Christopher McCabe, of Portland, met with councilors.

Westervelt said he was interested in acquiring the former Schofield's Home Furnishing Center at 104 Park St. to grow up to 72 marijuana plants and distribute up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to each of his 10 patients in a 15-day period. Westervelt is a marijuana caregiver.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 27, 2017 22:42

The money in this must be enormous for being able to buy a commercial property, grow 72 plants and supply 10 customers, every 15 days. Sorry, just had a thought. Nathan, spot on. Thank you.

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Nov 07, 2017 18:33

Nathan, I think you may have misread that or something, I know in fact there is one in Bath, Brunswick and one in Topsham, all in Sagadahoc County just as an example. There are two or three in Portland.


Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 07, 2017 17:50

Ron: Rockland is known for putting the cart before the donkey, although we have plenty of donkeys. This council and all the rest are so hell bent on making rules, ordinances and dumb mistakes it amazes me every day. Wait and see how this election, today, turns out we may end up with three with the same mentality. Then we will really be in for a treat in Rocklandia. More arts, more drugs, more stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by: Nathan Kroms Davis | Nov 07, 2017 07:36

Ron, I believe that the proposed ordinances have a limit of one dispensary because this is what state rules currently allow. In fact, according to state rules, there can be only a single dispensary in all of Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc Counties. Rockland cannot therefore legally have more than one — until state rules change.

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Nov 06, 2017 19:19

Why and how would a city council award a monopoly to one business? That is insane! Only in Rockland would you even read this. Amelia Magik, I am deeply disappointed that I voted for you and will certainly never do so again. You really should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting this.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 06, 2017 08:46

This will be a mess unless we spend major legal fees to make sure this is not another vindictive ordinance that the council passes to create solidarity and big hugs for each other. No city attorney, keep making unenforceable ordinances.

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