US (ME): Cumberland considers moratorium on MMJ caregiver licenses

The Cumberland Town Council will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed six-month moratorium on the licensing of new medical cannabis caregiver operations.

The temporary ban has been proposed to give town officials time to determine the actual number and locations of medical cannabis caregivers in town and to review its ordinances governing them in accordance with state law. The council is expected to vote on the moratorium after the hearing at the July 26 meeting.

“We need to do a more thorough examination of our ordinances,” Councilor Shirley Storey-King said, noting that the town hasn’t been able to keep track of all its caregiver operations because not all are in commercial districts.

State data on the number of caregivers is not definitive. David Heidrich of the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy said there are four active caregiver addresses in Cumberland, which could pertain to just a mailing address. Another caveat with the data, Heidrich said, is that a caregiver is only counted once regardless of how many locations it might have.


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