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Maine Communities Putting Brakes On Marijuana Sales

Katelyn Baker

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Marijuana legalization may have passed in Maine, but some towns and cities are putting on the brakes, and blocking retailers from setting up shop.

From Bangor to Portland, municipalities have enacted moratoriums on marijuana sales to determine zoning rules for retailers.

"We need to make sure we get it as right as we can for our community," said South Portland Mayor Patti Smith. South Portland has enacted a six-month moratorium.

Other municipalities have gone further. Oakland and Skowhegan leaders have announced plans to possibly become a "dry town" and completely ban marijuana sales.

"Marijuana is still going to be sold in Maine — it's still going to be sold in Skowhegan," said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1, to legalize recreational marijuana. "We have a choice... do we want marijuana sold by licensed businesses, or by drug dealers that don't check ID?"

Boyer's campaign estimates Maine could receive $15 million in revenue from the marijuana industry: money that could go to substance abuse prevention, education, or infrastructure, among other programs.

"Marijuana is still going to be sold in Maine — it's still going to be sold in Skowhegan," said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1, to legalize recreational marijuana. "We have a choice... do we want marijuana sold by licensed businesses, or by drug dealers that don't check ID?"
Boyer's campaign estimates Maine could receive $15 million in revenue from the marijuana industry: money that could go to substance abuse prevention, education, or infrastructure, among other programs.

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