2017-11-09 / Front Page

Lyman residents give opinions on retail marijuana

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer

LYMAN — The majority of residents polled do not want marijuana-related retail businesses in town. 

Maine voters legalized marijuana in the November 2016 election. Private recreational marijuana use is legal for those 21 and older, it's unclear when the sale of recreational marijuana will be permitted.

In July, the town established a six-month moratorium on marijuana-related businesses, to allow time to work on a town ordinance.

The town polled residents through five “straw poll” retail marijuana related questions on Tuesday’s ballot. These questions were not legally bindin, but were asked to gather information. 

At a public hearing last month, Select Board and Planning Board members said the town was seeking information from residents through the straw poll to help guide officials as they drafted an ordinance for marijuana-related businesses.

Residents who took part in the straw poll voted 599 to 523 to prohibit marijuana retail stores in town.

Those surveyed voted 587 to 538 in favor of  prohibiting  retail marijuana cultivation facilities, 596 to 527 in favor of prohibiting retail marijuana product manufacturing facilities, 588 to 534 to prohibit all retail marijuana testing facilities and 639 to 477 to prohibit retail social clubs. 

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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