A little more than a year after it started meeting, Gardiner’s Recreational Marijuana Task Force has drafted recommendations that retail sales and cultivation, manufacturing and testing be allowed in the city if they’re subject to regulations.
The task force has also recommended that marijuana social clubs not be allowed in Gardiner.
The Gardiner City Council will consider accepting the report when it meets Wednesday, and it might consider extending the current moratorium on allowing recreational pot-related enterprises to open in Gardiner for six more months.
“The current moratorium we have in place ends May 5,” interim City Manager Anne Davis said.
The council created the task force in January 2017, two months after Maine voters legalized recreational marijuana. In addition to allowing residents older than 21 to grow and possess limited amounts of pot, the citizen’s initiative that passed by a narrow margin also allowed social clubs, retail operations and commercial enterprises such as cultivation and testing facilities to operate under a state license.
In a 1,464-1,605 vote, Gardiner residents lined up with most other communities in Kennebec County in