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January 11, 2013

Support but no vote yet for pot ban


Driscoll made no comment during last night’s meeting, but he later reiterated his concerns that any decision should wait. “I think it’s premature. I think we’re way ahead of where we’re supposed to be. I think the people have spoken.”

Explaining that he sees the marijuana as a blessing for the sick, he added, “Who’s kidding who? Of all the drugs. ... It’s not that horrific.”

Sinewitz noted that any medical marijuana dispensary would not pay taxes in Peabody. He wondered aloud “how it benefits the city of Peabody?”

Speaking in support of the ban, Councilor Arthur Athas repeated his regret that he voted in favor of the referendum last November, thinking that the medical marijuana would have to be distributed by doctors and in drugstores, with prescriptions.

As to the notion of banning dispensaries in the city, Athas compared it to towns that have successfully declared themselves “dry,” forbidding the sale of alcohol.

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