The top lawyer for Brockton’s city government is behind a new proposal to build a medical marijuana dispensary at the Westgate Mall.
Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_Marc
BROCKTON – The top lawyer for Brockton’s city government is behind a new proposal to build a medical marijuana dispensary at the Westgate Mall.
A limited liability company registered to City Solicitor Philip Nessralla is expected to petition the Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals at its upcoming March 14 meeting for a variance to have a medical marijuana facility at 165 Westgate Drive. The property is a plaza across the street from the main Westgate Mall building, which now features a medical supply store and an armed services recruitment center.
Messages seeking comment were left with Nessralla and Carpenter on Friday afternoon.
On Thursday, Carpenter told guests at the one-year anniversary celebration of The Champion Plan, a police-assisted substance abuse outreach program, that he was “getting more open-minded” about medical marijuana, after he was initially against the 2012 statewide ballot vote to legalize the doctor-prescribed product.
The first medical marijuana facility to open in Brockton was In Good Health, which opened in September 2015 and is located on West Chestnut Street.
During the anniversary celebration, the owner of In Good Health presented Carpenter with a $50,000 check for the police-assisted substance abuse outreach program, known as The Champion Plan. Carpenter said that he negotiated with that facility to contribute 1 percent of its earnings to nonprofits dealing with substance abuse issues in the city. Carpenter said he hopes that the initial community host agreement negotiated with the In Good Health dispensary could be a model for others in the future.
“You’re going to make a lot of money selling medical marijuana in Brockton,” said Carpenter, speaking about his negotiations with the dispensary. “You