Bangor To Hold Marijuana Legalization Workshop

The Bangor City Council will hold a public workshop Tuesday evening to discuss how the city will regulate marijuana should Mainers vote to legalize it in November.

The public is welcome to attend the workshop, which starts at 5:15 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the third floor of Bangor City Hall. Here's the agenda.

Question 1 on the November ballot will read "Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?"

It's that last part (local ordinance) that will be the subject of Tuesday's workshop.

Now, there's only so much the city can do if voters approve the statewide referendum.

For instance, Bangor could not ban marijuana within city limits nor prevent people from growing marijuana on a limited scale in their personal residence.

However, the city may ban or limit the retail sale of marijuana within Bangor. Or the city could ban marijuana social clubs, where patrons can both buy and use marijuana.

The city also could consider an ordinance regulating "objectionable odors" including marijuana.

What do you think? Should Bangor allow the retail sale of marijuana within city limits?