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Wellness Connection Of Maine Sues Portland Over Residency Requirement

They also mounted a similar lawsuit against Maine earlier this year

Maine’s largest medical marijuana dispensary chain is suing the city over an ordinance favoring state residents for adult-use marijuana licenses, calling it “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory” to non-local companies.

Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates dispensaries in Portland, Brewer, South Portland and Gardiner, and High Street Capital Partners, a Delaware investor, filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Portland on Monday. It mirrors a lawsuit filed against Maine in March that was dropped after the state said it would not enforce its residency requirement.

The dispensary chain alleges that a “points matrix” passed by the City Council, which assigns competitive point values to retail license applicants based on a number of criteria, discriminates against operations with non-resident ownership by violating the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bars overly restrictive commercial regulations between states.

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