Rockland sets meeting to talk pot rules

By Stephen Betts | Aug 11, 2017

Rockland — The Rockland City Council has scheduled a meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, to discuss possible regulations on marijuana shops.

Rockland Mayor Will Clayton said this would be the first step in hearing from the public, business owners, public safety officials, city staff and potential proprietors on how the city should move forward with regulations.

"This will certainly not be the last conversation, but the discussion needs to begin and interest level gauged so current and future council sets a path forward," Clayton said in an Aug. 11 email.

Maine voters approved a ballot measure in November 2016 legalizing recreational use of marijuana and the sale of it. Rockland supported the referendum, 2,012 to 1,553.

Nick Westervelt and his attorney, Christopher McCabe, of Portland, met with councilors June 5.

Westervelt had 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 (1)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Aug 14, 2017 10:08

Did anyone ask the lady who does not want the tire store on Camden Street if she thinks growing pot on Park Street is a fire risk, oh wait, the fire station is next door. Should be a go. Lots of money, more taxes, employment, groceries sales, and all the value added benefits. Approved. Sign it, seal it and delivery it. Big market and Rockland is prime retail.

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