Brewer’s first recreational marijuana store could open as soon as this winter, after five months Council members’ vote To allow such stores to operate within city limits.
Monday night, the City Planning Board signed off on a plan for Brothers Cannabis to open an entertainment store at 480 Wilson St. ‘ agent.
It will be the newest location for the fast-growing Brothers Cannabis, which is already located on Stillwater Street in Bangor Preparing to open a store at 657 Broadway In Bangor on the site of the former Amato restaurant.
Brothers Cannabis co-owner Matt Howes said the company plans to open the Brewer location as soon as mid-February.
“This is household stuff for me,” Howes, a Brewer High School graduate, said of the decision to open the Brewer site.
“I really enjoy the opportunity to be involved, in my field, that I’ve spent my career in, and to work where I grew up.”
Hawes said the Brewer site will sell the same products as other Brothers Cannabis stores.
Across the Penobscot River, a few recreational marijuana stores have opened in Bangor since the first sale of recreational marijuana was allowed in October 2020.
However, Brewer did not allow recreational marijuana retailers to set up shop until last September, when City Council Agreed with the recommendation of the Planning Board To allow such stores.
A new city ordinance now allows recreational marijuana stores to operate in the city’s general business and professional business areas. Stores must be located at least 100 feet from private homes and at least 500 meters from other marijuana stores. It also cannot be located within 500 feet of schools, religious institutions, daycare facilities, and methadone clinics.
The state’s recreational marijuana industry Generated more than 70 million dollars in sales in 2020, an amount that Howes, a founding member of the Maine Cannabis Industry Association Executive Board, called a “healthy start.”