The Waldoboro Board of Selectmen discussed a potential moratorium on retail marijuana sales during the board’s meeting Dec. 13, and decided to continue the discussion at future selectmen’s meetings.
Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1. A recount is underway. If the result stands, the law will legalize marijuana for recreational use for ages 21 and up.
Waldoboro Selectman Robert Butler suggested a 180-day moratorium with the possibility of an extension.
“It would give the town time to determine how the town wants to handle this type of thing,” Butler said.
Butler said even if the town decides not to enact a moratorium, it wouldn’t hurt to have something ready in case a moratorium is desired.
Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs advised the board to wait for the results of the recount and wait for the state to tackle the topic before going forward with a moratorium.
“Without knowing how it’s going to be regulated, I think it is premature,” Briggs said.
Butler said the selectmen could hold a public hearing to gauge the public’s interest in and support for a moratorium.
Waldoboro voters opposed Question 1, 1,401-1,339, according to unofficial results.