BIDDEFORD — Biddeford has become the latest Maine municipality to pass a six-month moratorium on marijuana dispensaries.

The Journal Tribune says the city joins several other Maine municipalities — including Brewer, Auburn, Ellsworth and South Portland — that have passed similar moratoriums.

Maine voters last fall approved a statewide referendum that expanded the state’s medical marijuana law, including a provision that allows retail dispensaries where patients can legally buy pot with a doctor’s prescription.

State legislators are close to finishing up a bill that spells out the details of the law.

Biddeford city councilors said the moratorium doesn’t aim to keep a dispensary out of the city, but to make sure it follows state law.

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