(July 12, 2018) Neighbors turned out in force at Monday’s Planning Board meeting to oppose a medical-marijuana dispensary proposed for Old South Road, directly across from the Naushop residential development.
Mass Medi-Spa is looking to open the dispensary in a not-yet-built commercial building at 63 Old South Road, within Richmond Great Point Development’s mixed-use residential, commercial and light-industrial subdivision currently under construction.
“Just because something is possible in a location, doesn’t mean it’s right for the location,” Naushop Homeowners’ Association president Ken Gentner told the board. The property is located in the Commercial Neighborhood zone, whose allowed uses include marijuana dispensaries.
Attorney Steven Cohen, representing Mass Medi-Spa and Acreage Holdings, which will manage the dispensary, countered by arguing the site fits all the criteria required for medical-marijuana dispensaries, and its proposal was not a referendum on the popularity of legalized marijuana.
“This is not about whether people approve of marijuana or not. Its use is legal in Massachusetts, and it was approved by a higher percentage of Nantucket voters than any other town in the state,” he said.
“This is about whether it’s OK from a legal and zoning point of view, not whether people like it or want it or approve of it.
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