ASHLAND – After months of discussion, selectmen on Wednesday voted 3-2 not to sign a letter of non-opposition for medical marijuana dispensary Trichome, effectively ending the company’s plans to open in town.
“This was a tough decision, it took me a lot of time,” Selectman Yolanda Greaves said Wednesday. “I was going back and forth. It was really just a few things that as I thought about it made me realize that it was not the right time for us to (sign a letter of non-opposition).”
Trichome Health Corp. CEO Alex Mazin needed the letter from selectmen, as well as a host community agreement with the town, to build his company’s third dispensary at 40 Pond St.
“I hope that none of you or your family members ever have to use a medical marijuana product, but your decision should have been made for those that do,” Mazin told selectmen Wednesday after the decision. “It is very disappointing.”
Chairman Robert Scherer and Vice Chairman Steven Mitchell voted in favor of signing the letter, while Joseph Magnani and Carl Hakansson joined Greaves in voting against it.
“I’m generally in favor of issuing this letter because … there are a number of hazards in this world, and to my mind a medical marijuana dispensary on Pond Street is not a significant hazard,” Scherer said.
The dispensary was expected to have many safeguards, he pointed out, and comply with strict state rules.
“I do see potential benefits, both for services and revenue in this town, and revenue is an important matter for things we want to do, good things we want to do in this town,” Scherer continued. “We put up with all sorts of potential hazards for the greater good, because they bring potential benefits.”
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