Maine City to Hear an Appeal to Have Order to Shut Marijuana Business Revoked

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Maine City to Hear an Appeal to Have Order to Shut Marijuana Business RevokedAn appeal against a town order to close medical cannabis grow business is expected to be reviewed in a hearing at York Public Library in York, Maine.

Robert Grant, an Eliot resident, appealed against the town’s notice of violation and order for corrective action on his medical marijuana grow operations located at 17 White Birch Lane in York. The Board of Appeals is expected to hold its session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with Grant’s appeal being the third one to be heard.

Grant’s lawyer is Durward Parkinson, the town’s former attorney, while the town is represented by Community Development Director Steve Burns, who had served Grant with the violation notice. Portland-based attorney Toby Dilworth will represent medical pot growers, although they have not been listed as interested parties in the town notice.

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More than 5 individuals have planted medical marijuana in the White Birch Lane warehouse, says Burns. Burns served Grant with a noticed on April 30, asking him as a landlord to stop permitting the use of his facilities to grow medical marijuana until the town’s Planning Board approves the land use. Burns insisted that he is only bothered by land use, which he claims was never tabled before or approved by the town.

So far, authorities are yet to close down the warehouse as the appeal is being heard and determined, Burns told SeaCoastOnline.com. Maine’s law permits caregivers or growers to plant a maximum of six plants for their own use and for a limit of 5 patients. Burns plans to introduce a measure that will be voted on during November polls to determine whether marijuana growing is allowed as per the town’s zoning laws. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com