AUGUSTA, Maine — Legal marijuana sales for adults 21 and over will begin tomorrow today in Maine but it still won’t be happening in towns like Fryeburg.
“Nearly four years after Mainers approved marijuana legalization at the ballot box, the will of the people will finally be effectuated,” said Marijuana Policy Project Deputy Director Matthew Schweich, one of the leaders of the 2016 campaign.
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest cannabis policy organization.
Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of a combination of marijuana and marijuana concentrate that includes no more than five grams of marijuana concentrate. It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public spaces. Maine municipalities must opt in to the adult-use program by locally allowing for marijuana establishments.
But don’t go retail shopping for marijuana in Fryeburg because it doesn’t allow retail sales.
“Adult use (aka recreational) marijuana retails sales is currently not permitted in Fryeburg,” said Town Manager Katie Haley Thursday. “Medical marijuana retails sales are allowed.”
Fryeburg does allow, adult use marijuana cultivation, products manufacturing, or testing facility with a permit from the selectmen.
Fryeburg resident Adam Martinese, who owns a medical dispensary in town called Best Budz and a marijuana farm in Brownfield, called Clean Green, says he hopes to work with selectmen to propose a change to Fryeburg’s ordinance at annual meeting in June.
“We’re trying to work with the town not go around them,” said Martinese Thursday.
Martinese says he is working closely with Attorney Jeff Wilson of Wilson & Associates in Fryeburg, Maine.
Martinese said he is buying