ELLSWORTH – Although marijuana was legalized for recreational use in the state of Maine. Places like Ellsworth are prohibiting retail establishments and social clubs within the city.
While Question 1 did pass, that is not stopping cities like Ellsworth from banning marijuana businesses within the city. The Marijuana Legalization Act allows for municipalities to regulate or prohibit retail establishments.
“Until we know much more about it, I think it’s best that we take a time out and get time to see how this will impact us and see what the rules are,” said City Manager, David Cole.
After receiving inquires from out of state, the city is looking at a few options to be proactive while they wait on the laws final rules.
“The real situation is that we don’t know what we don’t know yet about this, just like all Maine communities,” said Cole, “We have considered a moratorium but a moratorium is for 180 days, but it may be some time before we even know what the state rules will be.”
For now, the city is going with a Sunset Clause. This Prohibition Ordinance will give them an indefinite stance without giving any sort of false expectations to potential entrepreneurs.
“We feel like this is the best way to approach this. It’s without prejudice,” he said, “We’re not making any judgment of what should come down the road, that should be for the prevail of the council.”
The City of Ellsworth will continue to look at the pros and cons, while learning from the experiences of other communities.
“We’re addressing it on our terms. Again this isn’t a necessarily never, it’s a no, not yet. There’s a lot more we need to know,” he said, “If and when these kind of activities will be allowed in the City of Ellsworth.”