With legalized recreational marijuana becoming a reality in February, the Edgecomb Planning Board is seeking public guidance in drafting an ordinance. The board voted 4-0 July 13 to send residents a postcard survey with six questions regarding how to regulate recreational marijuana.
In November, Maine legalized recreational marijuana in a 50.2 to 49.8 percent vote. Edgecomb voters supported the referendum 437 to 373. As with alcohol, municipalities have the option to either allow or deny commercial sales. The Ordinance Review Committee drafted a letter explaining options for regulating sales and other commercial uses of marijuana. The letter includes a self-addressed postcard with the heading, “Should Edgecomb regulate marijuana businesses?”
The questions seek residents’ input on whether or not Edgecomb should require licensing for marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, retail sales, social clubs, or none of the above. The planning board will send out 542 letters the week of July 24 explaining options for an ordinance along with the postcard.
In other action, the board continued drafting a floating structure ordinance. Earlier this year, the board received two inquiries about local regulations. Currently,