TOPSHAM  — Topsham is the latest town in Maine considering a moratorium that would prohibit marijuana dispensaries until officials can draft and adopt local regulations over them.

Voters in November approved a statewide referendum that expands Maine’s medical marijuana law, including a provision that allows retail dispensaries where patients can legally buy pot with a doctor’s prescription.

Topsham Planner Rich Roedner tells The Times Record he has recommended that the board of selectmen ask voters at May’s town meeting to approve a moratorium to give officials time to create local rules addressing questions such as where marijuana retailers will be allowed and how many there can be.

A number of other towns around the state have also approved moratoriums on dispensaries.

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