Medical marijuana storefront proposed in So. Berwick

By Mark Pechenik, [email protected]

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – A medical marijuana storefront presentation highlighted the June 26 Town Council meeting.

Councilors heard from Calvin Akers and Stefan Tranchemonthene regarding their application to open a medical marijuana caregiver storefront facility on lower Main Street near Fogarty�s Restaurant.

As explained by Akers, security is a motivating factor for their storefront operation. �Right now, we go to our patient�s homes, they come to our home, we are looking for safe access in a secured environment.�

To ensure safety, Akers and Tranchemonthene�s location would include a security door, fire extinguishers and alarms, with patients required to be over 21 years of age and seen only by appointment. Currently, their business is licensed to serve five patients.

�Also, someone walking by the store would not be exposed to any product,� said Akers.

Responding to Councilor Mallory Cook�s question about how someone becomes a patient, Akers explained that �patients need to be recommended by a certified health care professional in Maine. After completion of necessary paperwork and documentation, they are issued a card to become a certified patient.�

Akers noted that the state legislature is currently debating whether patient census can be based on the number of plants that can be grown in any one facility. If this is the case, the number of his patients would increase.

Currently, Akers and his partner operate a marijuana growth facility in Sanford and they have no plans to expand that operation into South Berwick.

�We have no cultivation in South Berwick and we are not planning any, either,� said Tranchemonthene.

Earlier during the meeting, the councilors and Town Manager Perry Ellsworth debated the feasibility of a medical marijuana storefront operation in town.

At present, South Berwick has no ordinances that would prohibit the opening of a retail medical

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