Auburn made a map of the best places to sell marijuana

With new state rules on how to grow, sell and buy recreational marijuana poised to take effect in September and retail stores expected to open early next year, Maine cities are scrambling with how to handle the expected deluge of new businesses.

The city of Auburn initially looked at a cap, similar to a controversial proposal that Portland officials are mulling to limit the number of medical and adult-use marijuana retail stores to 20, but decided against it.

Instead, Auburn is going the high-tech route, using an interactive graphic information system, or GIS, map to quickly identify whether a parcel is suitable. This way, they can control where the new businesses can be located.

The city went live with the map, which currently shows only medical marijuana businesses, on its website Friday. To date, 43 existing and new medical marijuana businesses have applied for a license to operate in that city.

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