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June 28, 2013

Newbury eyed for pot dispensary

Company also looking at Georgetown, Newburyport

NEWBURY — A registered marijuana dispensary may soon be coming to a commercial complex off Interstate 95 in Newbury.

Elizabeth Holland and Brandon Terricone of Medicinal Evolution — a nonprofit corporation planning to apply for one of the licenses the state Department of Public Health will soon be issuing — told selectmen this week they feel office space at 12 Kent Way is the ideal spot to run their business. The site is near an already established fertility clinic and a self-storage facility in a spot that is centrally located for much of Essex County.

Selectmen discussed the plans briefly but will wait to weigh in until after the company has a chance to meet next month with the town administrator, Planning Board and law enforcement officials. But even before the plan was brought before town leaders, some residents were already objecting to it.

Under a new medicinal marijuana law adopted by Massachusetts voters last November, up to 35 dispensary licenses will be distributed to businesses around the state based on population, with at least one license issued per county.

In Essex County, 61 percent of voters approved of the medical marijuana ballot initiative last fall.

Holland, who is co-founder of a local biotech company, and Terricone, her nephew, have been proactively meeting with town leaders throughout Essex County to explore possible sites for a dispensary should the state issue them a license.

“Finding locations that we feel are appropriate has been extremely difficult, and we feel that the option we presented in Newbury is well suited for both our needs and the town,” Terricone said following Tuesday’s meeting. The business partners also met recently with Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday to explore a possible site in the city’s industrial park, and they are in talks with Georgetown officials about installing a cannabis cultivation center in that town where the plants will be grown.

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