Adam Silva [email protected] @AdamSMariner
HANOVER – A medical marijuana dispensary operated by Mass Organic Therapy will be the first in Hanover. The dispensary, at 2001 Washington St., could open as soon as June.
Patrik Jonsson of Mass Organic Therapy representative said Hanover was chosen as a location for several main reasons. First, putting a dispensary in Hanover was a strategic move, because the area “was underserved” Also, the site is near a highway, Route 3. And the town was open to pursuing a relationship with Mass Organic Therapy, Jonsson said.
“It has been very difficult in general to find a town and a building that was available,” he said. “Finding that combination has been tough. They (Hanover officials) have been very helpful. There have been a few people who have raised their voice in opposition, which is completely normal.
“There is a lot of uncertainty with this industry and what it means to individuals and so forth, and we try to answer any questions that we can. We want to make sure that people know it’s just medicinal and that’s all we plan to do.”
While there is no set timeline for opening the Hanover dispensary, Mass Organic Therapy plans to obtain building permits soon.
On Jan. 30, the town’s selectmen approved a community benefit agreement with the company, which is also in the process of opening dispensaries in Hanson and Oxford.
While medical and recreational dispensaries will be able to sell to people 21 and older, smoking marijuana on the premises will not be allowed.
“Medical marijuana is a medicine,” Hanover Town Planner Peter Matchak said. “The place has to be clean and sanitary. There is no area to ingest on the premise. The regulations for medical marijuana are very stringent, and it requires a (state) Department of Public