Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010
For Immediate Release:

Councilor Dave Marshall sponsors zoning changes to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland’s Downtown Business Zones and urges the City Council to defeat the City Attorney’s proposed moratorium.

WHO: Councilor Dave Marshall, Alysia Melnick of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, Sheriff Mark Dion, and Medical Marijuana advocates

+ WHAT: Press Conference

+ WHERE: Portland City Hall, 389 Congress Street, Portland Maine
+ WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:00 am

Portland, ME - Portland City Councilor Dave Marshall will introduce a Council Order to allow Registered Dispensaries in the downtown business zones (B3 Zones and the B7 Zone). The downtown business zones are most appropriate for the dispensary due to the advantages of public transit and close proximity to social services. The Order is a proactive way to deal with the zoning issues regarding the only dispensary for Cumberland County.

Alysia Melnick of the Maine Civil Liberties Union will address the legal issues regarding the proposed moratorium. Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion will provide his perspective on the medical marijuana patients and caregivers for the past eleven years in Maine.

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