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Public hearing set for marijuana store petitions

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The city council has scheduled a public hearing for August 16 on citizens’ petitions regarding marijuana stores in the city.

The first initiative seeks to amend the city’s land use law to allow retail marijuana in Downtown 1, Downtown Village 2, Bar Harbor Gateway, Downtown Village Transition, and the public Shoreland Development 3 areas.

The second creates a new ordinance to license marijuana stores in Bar Harbor.

Resident Derek Cikulic filed the petitions with city clerk Liz Graves on June 27. The petitions were launched by the same committee that had previously submitted a permit petition which was voted on at the last township meeting.

According to Maine’s marijuana legalization law, people or entities wishing to set up an adult marijuana store within a city must first obtain a license from that city.

During the public hearing, voters will have the opportunity to learn more about the issue and give their opinion on it. The council may then move the initiatives to the November 8 memo where residents can vote for or against the passage of the city’s marijuana retail store.


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