GROVELAND — After a plan for a medical marijuana dispensary in Haverhill was scrapped and moved to Georgetown, another dispensary is proposed for neighboring Groveland.
Selectmen in that town will have a hearing Monday night, allowing residents to voice their opinions on the proposal. One selectman is fighting the proposal to allow the dispensary in Groveland.
Selectman Daniel MacDonald, a tax attorney, said he is opposed to the dispensary for several reasons. Among them is that federal law does not recognize or protect medicinal marijuana possession or use, he said.
“It violates federal law under the Controlled Substances Act, and as an elected official I’m sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States,” MacDonald said. “Just because a federal law is not enforced, doesn’t mean it’s invalid.”
Dispensaries are being proposed across Massachusetts after Bay State voters approved medical use of marijuana last year.
MacDonald said representatives from an organization called Elevated Access Center came before Groveland selectmen last month to talk about their marijuana dispensary proposal. He said it was non-specific at the time, in terms of a location.
He said Elevated Access has since proposed building a dispensary on land at the corner of Federal Way and Center Street, which he said is zoned for industrial use. The company is also proposing the creation of a cannabis cultivation center at a location yet to be determined, he said.
“That group is asking us (selectmen) to issue a letter in support of or non-opposition,” MacDonald said.
The state requires that a community issue such a letter before a dispensary can move in.
Monday’s meeting is at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
“They are on an exploratory mission,” MacDonald said of Elevated Access Center. “They are looking for a home.”
If the dispensary comes to Groveland, it will be