Paris Planning Board to hold public hearing on proposed medical marijuana dispensary – Lewiston Sun Journal

PARIS — The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday to consider whether to approve the first medical marijuana dispensary in town.

Gary Mayer of Paris presented plans to the board two weeks ago on establishing a dispensary at Paris Hill Farms at 783 Park St. The property is being used to cultivate medical marijuana.

Mayer is one of three owners of Bay Street Acquisitions, which also owns Paris Hill Farms. The other two owners are Douglas Knickrehm and John LaRochelle, both of Durham.

All three men have passed the required background checks, Town Clerk Elizabeth Knox said.

According to the application, the 6.2 acres will have parking for six vehicles. The property does not yet have the required burglar and fire alarms, and camera surveillance system, but will once the town approves its application, Mayer said. Submitted with the application was the invoice for a video surveillance system, fire alarm and burglar alarm for more than $10,000.

“It doesn’t make good business sense for me to install the system,” Mayer said at the last Planning Board meeting. “They’ll be required by the state before I can proceed with any activity. But at this juncture, without town approval, it

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