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January 26, 2014

Familiar names behind marijuana proposals

Former state reps, prominent attorneys assisting applicants

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Romano said the applications he represents do not have local heavyweights, but one of his clients, proposing a facility in Dennis, is competing against former Congressman William Delahunt, who proposed facilities in Mashpee, Plymouth and Taunton. Romano said he does not believe the state process will be different, but again, locally it could be another matter.

“Most of my clients are in this to help patients, not political bigwigs who saw dollar signs,” he said. “In Dennis we spent a year getting a special permit and we didn’t have any help. It can work without the local connection, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Whether Congressman Delahunt could pick up the phone and get that done in a week, I don’t know.”

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation is based in Andover, but is proposing facilities in Lowell and Beverly. The board includes founder and clerk Dr. Jayne Vining, wife of Vining Disposal’s former owner David Vining, his son Bert Vining, North Andover attorney Howard R. Perkins Jr., and Cambridge city engineer Innocent E. Lugumamu.

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