HALLOWELL — The City Council discussed whether to impose a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses during Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Mark Walker said there have been a number of people from the public and a handful of merchants who have asked about a potential moratorium for Hallowell.

Voters in Maine legalized the recreational use of marijuana last month, and since then, cities and towns across Maine have been meeting over and, in some cases, instituting policy changes to prevent marijuana businesses or social clubs from popping up in municipalities after Jan. 1.

Hallowell voters passed Question 1 873-755, according to Hallowell City Clerk Diane Polky.

A recount requested by legalization opponents is currently in its second week.

City Manager Nate Rudy said that because of the recount, there is no immediate concern about deciding on a moratorium or marijuana policy for the city.

“It seems like there is some time for council to discuss a moratorium or move straight to discussing new policy,” Rudy said. Once the recount is complete, Rudy said, it could be several months before the state’s Department of Agriculture comes up with any policies or standards regarding recreational use.


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