Board tables medical marijuana dispensary plan

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WILTON — The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday to table an application for a use permit for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary until their next meeting on June 3. Board members wanted more information about the business plan, who’s involved with the project and a complete floor plan.

Farmington business partners, Lucas J. Sirois and Charles Crandall, working under a business concept, Ahead Care, have applied in both Wilton and Farmington to operate a dispensary if they can gain approval from the state for one of the eight sites planned.

They propose to use a previously unused two-story building located next to Dexter Supply on Route 2, a site they prefer over the Farmington site proposed for the former Rite Aid, Crandall told the board, because of the Wilton building’s set up.

Although the partners have worked on the business model for the past seven months, it’s a new and unusual business with strict state licensing rules and regulations, Crandall, a medical marijuana caregiver, told the board.

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Part of their plans is still in the brainstorming phase, he said when board member Keith Shoaps wanted to know who was on their Board of Directors and who was involved in this nonprofit business. A partial list of directors has been started but the issue has not been settled yet as they seek the best professionals and how to provide the best care and easier access for patients, he said.

“In the five years I’ve been on the board, we’ve never given a permit not knowing who’s involved,” Shoaps said.

Some board members agreed that there were still unanswered questions not only about directors but also on how they planned to operate the business as a nonprofit and the floor plan of the building. A kitchen area to create ingestible marijuana items was not sketched into the hand drawn layout.

The Wilton site would not include a cultivation room in the beginning. The plants would be grown in a separate facility in Farmington, Crandall said.

“A lot of people are helping. We’re doing the best things we can to ease people’s minds, provide the best service and de-stigmatize medical marijuana,” Crandall said.

Their state applications need to be completed in the next two to three weeks but it’s a catch-22 situation where they need site approvals from the towns to include with the state application.

The partners plan to extend the business model beyond Wilton if that is a chosen site.

The Department of Health and Human Services has divided the state into eight districts with one dispensary to be named for each district on July 9. Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties comprise a district but the partners have also applied to three other districts within the state, planning to use the same model for each.

They are also applying for districts in York, a Down East area and the Bangor area, he said.

The model includes the medical dispensary, a cultivation room, a Green Store for lighting and growing supplies and room for medical professionals to lease to work with patients with a holistic health approach.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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