A Bar Harbor group that attempted to get voter approval so two retail marijuana stores could open in town isn’t taking no for an answer.
Although voters shot down the citizen’s initiative at the polls earlier this month, the group is already collecting signatures as part of a new campaign to allow for retail marijuana sales in town.
Love ME Cannabis, a prospective marijuana business backed by a local spa that put forth the first initiative, wants to get another citizen’s initiative before voters at November’s election.
On June 14, the original effort failed by a vote of 804 to 615.
If the initiative does get on the ballot and passes, the business could potentially open Hancock County’s second retail marijuana shop.
The new citizen’s petition is pared down from the rejected one. The new petition would limit them to five retail districts including the downtown area instead of the 26 different zoning districts originally proposed, according to town planner Michele Gagnon.
Phil Payne, the Tree of Life Day Spa’s general manager and one of the people leading the push, said it also addresses concerns about one ordinance governing both zoning and licensing regulations by splitting them into separate articles.
The sale of recreational marijuana is legal in Maine, but voters in municipalities need to vote to “opt-in.” Stores have been slow to open both statewide and in Hancock County.
As of last fall, more than 90…