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August 20, 2013

Pot application spurs Georgetown zoning talk

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, while the state law calls for up to five registered marijuana distribution licenses for each of the state’s counties, including Essex, which covers all of Cape Ann and a number of other North Shore communities.

Georgetown becomes the latest the latest of several cities and towns to try to map out zoning or other means of addressing the location of medical marijuana dispensaries. To date, however, neither Gloucester nor any of Cape Ann’s towns has held public discussions on the issue.

Brandon Tarricone, Holland’s business partner in Georgetown, 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.

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