EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 28, 2013

Newbury complex eyed for medical marijuana business

Company also looking at Georgetown, Newburyport


The plan is to offer “top quality, organic medical grade cannabinoid medicaments” within a small, secure office space accessible only to patients with state-issued medical marijuana cards and guarded by a “casino grade security” team, Terricone said. The facility will offer a “clean, professional, welcoming atmosphere” and fully comply with Massachusetts’s regulations, seen as some of the strictest in the country when it comes to medicinal cannabis, he said.

He noted that one of the more common misconceptions about these types of dispensaries is that users will go to a facility just as a way to obtain the drug legally. But at Medicinal Evolutions “there will be absolutely no consumption on site and no loitering of any kind around our facility.” The firm will have drug counselors on hand to advise on usage and, when medically indicated, will promote use of vaporizers, edibles and other non-combustion delivery options.

“This will not be a tie-dye, hippie-style business,” stressed Tarricone. He anticipates that the vast majority of his clients will be middle-aged people or older folks with debilitating diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease who seek an alternative to addictive pharmaceutical painkillers like oxycontin or morphine.

“Cannabis has been proven to treat symptoms of many serious diseases; and if a sick patient is helped through the use of a natural plant, they should have safe access to quality products,” he said. “We constantly hear that cannabis gives them a way to live their life normally again, without the side-effects of these heavily addicting drugs.”

Medicinal Evolution plans to donate a percentage of its revenue to local nonprofits and for discounts for low-income patients.

But in an email to selectmen dated June 25, residents Melanie and John Horne “strongly” opposed the idea, saying it would brand the town “solely as the location for a marijuana facility” and negatively impact property values. George and Joan Morse and Paul Piraino also issued written objections.

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