TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Selectmen held its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. The most controversial matter of the evening was a request by Trichome Health Corporation for a letter of non-opposition, which would allow them to continue the process of pursuing a license to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Tewksbury.
Trichome’s representatives stated that they have previously met with the Town Manager and several board members in May, July, and August of 2017, and stressed that they have adhered to town and state zoning and by-laws.
The representatives further emphasized the benefits that they contend Tewksbury will stand to gain should a dispensary open in the town including tax benefits, increased revenue, and increased jobs.
The board expressed concerns about recreational marijuana use and the current opioid crises, to which Trichome reiterated that their business will only involve medical marijuana distribution. Trichome went on to argue that opioid abuse and fatality statistics decrease in communities where medical marijuana dispensaries are present, but the board remained skeptical.
Ultimately, the board determined that they required more time to discuss and research the issue before any decision can be made, but did not provide a definite time at which the matter would be further considered.
The meeting began with a license hearing for outstanding taxes in which Lowell Transportation’s license was suspended for 14 days beginning on Jan. 23, 2018.
The board also approved common victualler applications for both Crystal Deli General Store and Edible Arrangements.
The Senior Town Counsel Invoice for November, 2017 was passed for $4,538.64 and the Town Counsel Invoice for Dec. 1-15, 2017 was passed for $2,465.
The board next approved May 7, 2018 for the