Boston Globe, 22 Jul 2015 – Portland (AP) – Portland’s City Council is denying a permit to a group that wanted to hold a marijuana farmers market in a public park. The Portland Press Herald reported that the council voted 5 to 4 against granting the permit on Monday. The councilors previously granted New World Organics of Belfast permission to hold the New England Cannabis Farmers Market in Deering Oaks. Council members said they revisited the issue after hearing advertising for the event, which they said suggested marijuana would be available for use. Event organizer Justin Olsen said the market is designed to be a networking event and “not a place for people to smoke.” – — MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom