Old Orchard Beach voters overwhelmingly supported putting tighter restrictions on the size of the only adult-use cannabis store that will be allowed to open in town.

Residents voted 942 to 216 in favor of restricting the store to a building up to 1,000 square feet on a property no larger than a half-acre. Question 1 was a citizen petition backed by one of three applicants for the town’s single retail marijuana business license.

Supporters said the size limits reflected the community’s desire to avoid marijuana “mega stores.” Those opposed to the restrictions said they were designed to limit competition and favor one applicant because only one property in town meets those size restrictions.

Thomas Mourmouras, a resident and cannabis business owner pushing for the restrictions, has applied to open a store on the only property in town that would meet that new criteria.

The town originally planned to award the license before the June referendum, but Mourmouras and Priscilla Rowell sued the town, ensuring residents would have a chance to vote on Question 1.

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