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November 24, 2013

Second 'pot farm' eying Amesbury

AMESBURY — Amesbury has apparently emerged as a highly sought-after market within the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry, as a second organization has announced it wants to open a marijuana cultivation facility in town.

City officials have indicated that at least two groups have submitted Phase II medical marijuana applications to the state Department of Public Health, and if approved, they could potentially set up shop in Amesbury early next year.

One firm, Alternative Therapies Group Inc., based in Newburyport, was made public at a City Council meeting almost two weeks ago. It is reportedly interested in opening its facility on South Hunt Road. Now a second firm, Green Heart Health and Pharmaceuticals, said it has arranged a lease for a cultivation facility at 10 Industrial Way.

Both groups have said they don’t intend to dispense marijuana in Amesbury, saying they hope to open separate dispensaries elsewhere.

The property GHHP is looking at is in an industrial park sandwiched between Interstate 495 and Monroe Street near the Salisbury border.

GHHP executives recently sent a letter to members of the City Council introducing themselves while explaining what they hope to accomplish should their license application be approved by the state Department of Public Health. In the letter, president Steve DeAngelo and vice president Dan Houston told councilors that no marijuana would distributed in Amesbury and that the facility would be equipped with state-of-the-art security and guarded 24 hours a day.

The executives also emphasized GHHP’s partnership with Harborside Health Center, one of the country’s largest medical marijuana organizations, and said the facility would bring dozens of new jobs to Amesbury.

According to Councilor Donna McClure, GHHP had originally hoped to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street in Amesbury, but canceled their lease after deciding that Amesbury wasn’t ready for a dispensary.

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