Marijuana Moratorium Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing Proposed Moratorium Regarding Retail Sale & Retail Social Clubs for Marijuana City of Belfast City Council

The City of Belfast City Council, at its meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. or as soon as practical thereafter, in the Council Chambers of Belfast City Hall, which is located at 131 Church Street, shall conduct a public hearing regarding adoption of a proposed extension to an existing Moratorium to prohibit the following activities that will be permitted by the 'Marijuana Legalization Act': operation of a marijuana retail sale establishment, operation of a marijuana cultivation establishment for retail sale, and operation of a marijuana retail social club. The City Council, at its meeting of January 3, 2017, adopted a moratorium for 180 days to prohibit such activities, renewed this moratorium for an additional 180 days at its meeting of July 18, 2017, and now intends to extend this moratorium for an additional 180 days, until June 29, 2018. The State Legislature has not yet enacted the required State regulations for this new industry and the City wants to understand said regulations before enacting local Ordinances. Persons who may be affected by the proposed Moratorium are encouraged to attend the January 2 public hearing and to offer comment. Alternatively, comment can be submitted in writing to Wayne Marshall, Director, Code  and Planning, City of Belfast, 131 Church St, Belfast, ME, 04915, or by email to. The language for the proposed Moratorium can be viewed on the City website, reference Planning and Codes, and a copy is available for inspection at the Code and Planning Offices in City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions regarding the proposal should be directed to Wayne Marshall, City Planner, at 338-1417 ext. 125, or by email.