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August 27, 2013

A pot clinic near you?

Salem, Beverly eyed for medicinal marijuana dispensaries

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McCarren said she is looking at a site off Swampscott Road.

Christopher Edwards, 38, an entrepreneur who heads Alternative Therapies Group out of Newburyport, said he is looking at the “technology park area” in Salem, which is also off Swampscott Road.

Although Peabody and other communities attempted to ban medical marijuana clinics, Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled in March that such bans are illegal.

Some communities have declared moratoriums while they explore the issue. Danvers, for example, has a moratorium in place until spring.

Ipswich officials plan to submit an article to the October Town Meeting that would limit the clinics to certain zoning districts along Route 1. The Ipswich Planning Board has already held a hearing on the proposed bylaw. At the meeting, a local man who lost family members to cancer said he wants to open a clinic in the town.

A lot of communities, like Peabody and Beverly, have no regulations in place. Even so, Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon said he has met with a few interested parties.

Brandon Tarricone, 34, a musician in the Beverly area who founded Medicinal Evolution, said he has teamed with several people, including Dr. Lester Grinspoon, whom his website calls a “world-renowned expert” in the field of medical marijuana.

“Beverly is our first focus because it is our local community,” he said.

Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question allowing medical marijuana to be distributed to patients with a “debilitating medical condition” who obtain certification from a doctor. The law, which specified cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and other serious conditions, allows a patient to obtain a 60-day supply, or up to 10 ounces, for personal use.

McCarren said she hopes to open a wellness center with a variety of alternative therapies including medical marijuana, which she called “part of the medical self-healing movement.”

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