Retail marijuana ban headed to Kennebunk voters – Bangor Daily News

Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP | BDN

Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP | BDN

In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, marijuana plants are shown at the KindPeoples dispensary in Santa Cruz, Calif. In Kennebunk, voters will decide in June whether to ban all retail marijuana establishments.

An ordinance to ban all retail marijuana sales and operations in town will go to Kennebunk voters in June following approval from both the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen this week.

The boards held a joint public hearing Monday during which the Planning Board voted to send the proposed zoning ordinance amendment on to the Board of Selectmen, who took up the issue Tuesday during a regularly scheduled meeting.

If passed by voters in June, the ordinance will ban all retail marijuana social clubs and retail marijuana establishments in town. Many Maine towns have already adopted similar ordinances. Wells voted last June to ban retail marijuana, and Kennebunkport followed suit in November.

The town’s temporary moratorium ordinance on retail pot, first enacted last February by the Board of Selectmen, expires on April 4, 2018.

While the moratorium could be extended while the town waits to hear how state lawmakers are going to sort out the details of legalized recreational marijuana, the board supported passing the ordinance on to voters in June.

“With the missing ingredients from the state, our conclusion is we are recommending a no — we don’t want it in the town,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Dick Morin said.

Personal recreational marijuana became legal in Maine on Jan. 30 last year, allowing people 21 years and older to use marijuana on private property, and to grow six mature plants and possess 2.5 ounces of processed marijuana. The proposed ordinance does not apply to that portion of the state

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