West Tisbury selectmen want marijuana dispensary to stay put – Martha's Vineyard Times


Geoff Rose is seeking permission to put a marijuana dispensary in West Tisbury. – Edie Prescott

Geoffrey Rose, who holds a provisional license for selling medical marijuana, has tried for four years to open a medical marijuana dispensary in West Tisbury. His efforts were thwarted again Wednesday, Feb. 22, at a packed house selectmen’s meeting.

Mr. Rose’s proposed relocation of his planned dispensary to 90 Doctor Fisher Road is only 0.7 of a mile from the West Tisbury School. The last proposed location, 505 State Road, was just 0.3 of a mile from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School at 424 State Road, that proposed location had won a “letter of non-opposition” from selectmen.

To change his proposed dispensary location, Mr. Rose must get a new “letter of non-opposition” from selectmen, but after hearing from Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools (MVYPS) superintendent Matthew D’Andrea and others in the audience, and with selectman Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter’s inability to vote on the issue because a family member is an abutter to 90 Doctor Fisher Road, board chairman Richard Knabel and selectman Cynthia Mitchell said they could not support the location change at this time.

MVYPS assistant superintendent Richard Smith was also in attendance and he accompanied Mr. D’Andrea.

The zoning board of appeals (ZBA) will hear Mr. Rose’s request on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5:15 pm at town hall. Selectmen said they would see how the ZBA decides.

Mr. Rose must get approval from both the ZBA and the selectmen, as well as letters of non-opposition from each, in order to move forward at the Doctor Fisher Road site.

“The primary reason [for the move] is I am now required to have on-site an independent testing laboratory for all product samples,” Mr. Rose said. Mainland marijuana dispensaries send their samples to a mainland

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