Around 25 Damariscotta residents, business owners and others attended a community conversation with the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen to discuss drafts of two marijuana ordinances Wednesday.
Damariscotta voters decided to “opt in” and allow medical and recreational marijuana businesses to open in the town on Nov. 6.
The town now needs to approve a marijuana licensing ordinance and amendments to its land use ordinance for marijuana establishments.
Damariscotta Town Manager Matt Lutkus, with attorney Amanda Meader and interim Town Planner Bob Faunce, drafted ordinances in order to start a public conversation. The ordinances would regulate the number and cost of licenses available for each type of business, as well as where the businesses can open.
“Damariscotta is one of the first towns in the state that has opted in under the new state statute,” Lutkus said.