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Merrimack Valley

August 16, 2013

Pot growing center proposed

Town considering zoning bylaw for businesses

GEORGETOWN — Officials are working to develop a zoning bylaw relating to the siting of medical marijuana-related businesses in town now that a company has expressed interest in locating a cultivation center on Jackman Street.

In May, Elizabeth Holland, of Medical Evolution, wrote to the Board of Selectmen requesting a slot on the board’s agenda to discuss the possibility of a medical marijuana cultivation center, potentially at an industrial building on Jackman Street. The board was to hear Holland’s presentation on July 22, but the lack of a quorum canceled that meeting, which is now postponed to Aug. 26.

Massachusetts law allows the production, distribution and use of marijuana for medical purposes. The state law allows up to five registered marijuana distribution licenses for Essex County.

Brandon Tarricone, Holland’s business partner, said the LLC first began in Delaware and is currently in the process of incorporating in Massachusetts as a nonprofit, as is required by the state law related to medical marijuana dispensaries.

In her email to selectmen, Holland said she and Tarricone will be applying for a registered marijuana dispensary license in the state, and applicants must identify a cultivation location on the license application.

After the license is obtained, Holland wrote, the company will open a registered marijuana dispensary in Essex County, but in her email, she said the company’s interest in Georgetown is for cultivation purposes.

“We are beginning a negotiation to purchase an industrial building in Georgetown on Jackman (Street) for a cultivation center,” Holland wrote. “There would be no sales, or patients seen at the location. It would be a private and secure location, and the use of the building would be shared only on a need-to-know basis for fire, police and city officials.

“It is not our intent to open (a registered marijuana dispensary) in Georgetown, but would certainly consider Georgetown i(f) there is interest from the town,” she added.

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