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Ellsworth Medical Marijuana Dispensary Gets one Step Closer to Opening

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ELLSWORTH, Maine – City councilors on Monday night approved licenses that will allow Maine Organic Therapy to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

The licenses are the last step for the company which expects to begin operations early in July, according to dispensary manager Gretchen McCarthy.

There were no comments during the required public hearing on the licenses and little discussion among councilors, although they seemed surprised they were asked to approve not only a license for the dispensary, but also a city victualer's license.

McCarthy explained that as part of the dispensary operation, staff would be selling baked goods – cookies and brownies – with the marijuana in them. They would be baked on the premises, she said.

The baked goods could become a significant part of the dispensary operation, McCarthy said.

"There are some people who don't want to smoke it, and some who have lung issues," she said. "This becomes a good alternative."

Councilor John Phillips made the motion to approve the licenses which was passed unanimously.

"They've met all the requirements we've put forth," he said.

The dispensary will operate from a newly built building on Carriage Way off Route 1, or Bucksport Road. According to McCarthy, the dispensary already has approximately 100 patients already registered.

"I think that shows that there are patients out there in need of medication," she said.

She added that she anticipates that number will grow once they begin operations.

The dispensary will distribute medicinal marijuana, but will not grow any of the product on-site. All of the marijuana will be shipped to Ellsworth from MOT's growing facility in Biddeford.

The dispensary is one of eight statewide approved by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to distribute medical marijuana to patients. The Ellsworth facility will serve patients in Hancock and Washington counties.

Because of the distance, particularly from Washington County, MOT plans to offer delivery services to some patients. According to McCarthy, MOT is still working out the final details of the delivery plan.


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