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October 11, 2013

Salem council votes against further marijuana regulations

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Christopher Edwards, an entrepreneur who heads the group, said he is looking at the “technology park area” in Salem, which is also off Swampscott Road. “I think they made a rational and efficient decision,” Edwards said of the council’s vote last night.

A moratorium would delay patient access to medical marijuana, Edwards said.

“It is unlikely the DPH will approve a license with a moratorium in place,” said David Torrisi, a consultant for the group.

The 2012 referendum question that allows such medical marijuana dispensaries was passed with 12,465 votes to 6,571 votes by city residents.

Councilor Robert McCarthy thanked Dawson for sharing her story.

“Somebody needs to take the lead on this,” he said. “We have a first-class medical facility in this city and I think that goes hand and hand with us having a first-class dispensary.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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