Bangor wants research before deciding potential marijuana restrictions

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor plans to start studying how cities and towns in other states have reacted to the legalization of marijuana before figuring out what, if any, restrictions to set for businesses that want to sell it.

City leadership hopes to get the ball rolling before the November election, when Mainers will decide whether marijuana should be legal in the state for people over 21.

“We’re not taking a position on the referendum itself, and we have no intentions of doing so,” Councilor Joe Baldacci said during a Tuesday night council workshop.

The council plans to explore what ordinances municipalities in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana have adopted.

On Tuesday night, councilors said they weren’t supportive of an outright ban on the sale or growing of marijuana and marijuana-related products in the city, which cities could choose to enact under the initiative, but that there

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