OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The town has set a business licensing fee for medical marijuana production facilities.

The Codes and Business Licensing department recommended fees for medical marijuana production facilities in light of recently approved land use ordinances for medical marijuana production facilities, according to a memo from Town Planner Jeffrey Hinderliter.

The town council Tuesday night unanimously approved the recommended fees, which would require medical marijuana pro- duction facilities to pay an annual business fee of $325 per caregiver, or licensed medical marijuana grower.

Earlier this summer, the town approved medical marijuana production facilities in the town’s General Business 1 and Industrial zones.

Typically, caregivers have grown medical marijuana at their place of residence. Caregivers are registered through the state and allowed to grow plants for up to five patients.

Under town ordinance, non-residential medical growing facilities must meet certain performance standards, including those that regulate security, outside appearance and odor control. Such facilities must be at least 500 feet away from churches, schools, town playgrounds and day care centers.

The town also approved an annual business licensing fee of $325 for registered medical marijuana dispensaries. At this time, a medical marijuana dispensary could not locate in Old Orchard Beach, as there is already the state limited amount of 8 dispensaries in Maine.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]


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