Retail marijuana discussion tees up in council chambersPosted by On

BAR HARBOR—After the expiration of a moratorium on marijuana businesses, and changes to state law that govern how they are permitted, a request to locate a retail adult-use establishment has pushed the topic once again to the Town Council.  

While voters statewide approved the legalization of an adult-use recreational marijuana market in 2016, it finally came online this week as the first wave of license holders opened their doors to would-be consumers. For those wishing to open a retail store, grow facility or testing lab, two things have to come together: state and local approval. Under state law marijuana businesses are prohibited from opening in cities or towns unless a municipality allows it. Bar Harbor has yet to consider an opt-in measure, but an inquiry before the Town Council last week may force councilors to consider it in the coming months. 

A letter to the town planners from Sheryl DeWalt, owner of the Tree of…

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