Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:07

Cannabis clinic sparks controversy

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MILLINOCKET - A businesswoman and medicinal marijuana caregiver defended her store at the town council meeting Thursday evening.

Word had spread that some Millinocket residents allegedly formed a petition to shut the store down. Those at the meeting said they had not personally seen the petition.

 

The "Roots 2 Remedies" shop opened Saturday. They offer a variety of natural medicine and CPD products. The store also offers medicinal marijuana by a caregiver, which is legal.

 

No one spoke against the business at Thursday's meeting, but Roots 2 Remedies Co-Owner Angela McNamara said someone told her to speak at the meeting because of growing dissent.

 

She said she wanted to clear up misconceptions about her apothecary.

 

McNamara said she set up shop in Millinocket because she already had clients there that she was traveling to treat weekly. She said she wants to help people with numerous diseases, and bring in new revenue for the town.

 

McNamara said she wants to "help with the opioid epidemic if I can. People are getting clean with cannabis."

 

She also cited the economic impact she thinks a small business would have on the area.

 

"Millinocket's an amazing little town," said McNamara. "They're [her customers] going to come and they're going to spend money in other places as well."

 

A Millinocket town councilman said the council itself is neutral on the issue.

 

For right now - the store isn't going anywhere.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

She graduated from Suffolk University, where she got her first taste of journalism covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial live from the courtroom. She spent the end of her college career working as a writer at WHDH in Boston.

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