Town rejects marijuana moratorium, approves more salt shed funding – By Kendra Caruso – Belfast – Waldo

By Kendra Caruso | Jan 18, 2021

Thorndike — Thorndike residents decided not to place a moratorium on licensing marijuana businesses, which they approved at town meeting in August 2020. In addition, they agreed to release funds to seek two salt and sand shed sketches from an engineering firm to be presented at a future date.

By a vote of 34-50, nearly 100 residents in attendance at a special town meeting Jan. 16 affirmed their decision to opt into state marijuana legislation.

Selectmen said they had been too busy organizing proposals for a new sand and salt shed to focus on developing a marijuana ordinance. They thought that if they did not sign and send in the finalizing paperwork after the town meeting vote, the town was not opted in and they would have time to develop an ordinance.

They were made aware of their misunderstanding when Nova Farms sought signatures from the town for its state permits to open a marijuana growing operation in Thorndike.

According to state law, the town is opted in whether or not the selectmen submitted the paperwork after the vote. One resident accused them of not doing their job and trying to block what the majority of Thorndike residents had supported at the annual meeting.

Former Selectman Josh Ard said after the town opted into the legislation, the code enforcement officer and Planning Board expressed apprehension about…

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By Kendra Caruso | Jan 18, 2021

Thorndike — Thorndike residents decided not to place a moratorium on licensing marijuana businesses, which they approved at town meeting in August 2020. In addition, they agreed to release funds to seek two salt and sand shed sketches from an engineering firm to be presented at a future date.

By a vote of 34-50, nearly 100 residents in attendance at a special town meeting Jan. 16 affirmed their decision to opt into state marijuana legislation.

Selectmen said they had been too busy organizing proposals for a new sand and salt shed to focus on developing a marijuana ordinance. They thought that if they did not sign and send in the finalizing paperwork after the town meeting vote, the town was not opted in and they would have time to develop an ordinance.

They were made aware of their misunderstanding when Nova Farms sought signatures from the town for its state permits to open a marijuana growing operation in Thorndike.

According to state law, the town is opted in whether or not the selectmen submitted the paperwork after the vote. One resident accused them of not doing their job and trying to block what the majority of Thorndike residents had supported at the annual meeting.

Former Selectman Josh Ard said after the town opted into the legislation, the code enforcement officer and Planning Board expressed apprehension about…

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