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Pot Shop Decisions Due This Week

The state is expected to winnow its list of more than 100 applicants to as many as 35 licensed medical marijuana operations.

The state is expected to announce medical marijuana licensees by the end of the week. Credit: Patch file photo
The state is expected to announce medical marijuana licensees by the end of the week. Credit: Patch file photo
The state is expected to approve as many as 35 medical marijuana dispensaries by the end of the week, according to the Associated Press via the Herald.

About 100 groups have applied to the Department of Public Health for the licenses to open medical pot shops around the state.

The licenses are being awarded by county, with at least one and no more than five per county.

There are no applications being considered in Danvers, but there are a handful of groups that have applied for licenses in nearby communities in Essex County. Here's the list below:

Group Name, Name of CEO/ED, City/Town
  • Alternative Therapies Group Inc., Christopher Edwards, Salem
  • BeWell Organic Medicine Inc., Charles M. Saba, Lawrence
  • CAS Foundation, Jayne Vining, Beverly
  • Good Chemistry of Massachusetts Inc., Matthew Huron, Salem
  • Healthy Pharms Inc., Nathaniel L. Averill, Haverhill
  • Ipswich Pharmaceutical Associates Inc., Samuel Sokol-Margolis, Ipswich
  • Medicinal Evolution Inc., Brandon Tarricone, Beverly

For official information on medical pot in Massachusetts, visit the state's website on the subject.

As opposed to other communities that imposed outright bans on medical marijuana dispensaries shortly after voters made them legal in 2012, Danvers ultimately decided to set a year long moratorium until local zoning regulations were established.

Town Meeting voters approved the moratorium last May and are set now to vote again on specific zoning restrictions at a Special Town Meeting on Feb. 3.

The proposal is to create an overlay district that would restrict a dispensary, should a company seek to come to town, to either the Danvers Industrial Park off Route 1 or the Cherry Hill Industrial Park off Conant Street.

Registered dispensaries would then be barred from all other zoning districts in town.

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