Councilor Takes Proactive Stance Should Marijuana Dispensary Come to Peabody

City will investigate possibility of designating a zoning district to limit where a medical marijuana dispensary could go if Peabody were chosen as the site for Essex County.

Now that medicinal marijuana is legal, or least it will be as of Jan. 1, the next big question is where will the dispensaries go?

Ward 5 City Councilor David Gamache would like to see some reasonable zoning restrictions for such facilities should they set up shop in Peabody.

Gamache asked his colleagues to send the issue into subcommittee to review whether they could create a designated zoning district to limit where such a facility could be located, in the same way the council set aside an adult district on Route 1 for the Golden Bananas of the world.

Gamache decided to take action after reading about a similar effort in Quincy.

“I just want to be proactive,” said Gamache, arguing it would be in the city’s best interest to ensure a facility doesn’t just “pop up on a corner” somewhere with a school or church next door.

Gamache says he actually supports the initiative and voted “yes” on the ballot question.

“What do you want, a drive-through pot shop in Ward 5?” joked At-Large Councilor Michael Garabedian, drawing laughs, as Gamache spoke to reporters after the meeting.

“If it’s better than pumping [patients] full of hundreds of pills, then good,” Gamache said, explaining he takes no issue with that type of medical treatment for pain management. “It’s regulated.”

These medicinal dispensaries will actually be limited to one per county in a designated location or community, and questions still also remain on who will actually operate these facilities.

“It’s not likely to end up in a Boxford, Georgetown or Byfield,” Gamache said, noting that Essex County stretches from the New Hampshire border to south of Peabody. “It’s highly likely that it could end up in Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers or Lynn.”

He said it’s just like methadone clinics – nobody wants one in their backyard. The clinic on Route 1 South, for that matter, did not pass through without a fight.

While right now the law only calls for one facility per county, Gamache believes that could easily change based on the need or demand.

Council President James Liacos noted that in some other states where marijuana is legal, it’s all over the place. Take Boulder, Colo., for example, he said: “Every street corner has a pot shop.”

“San Francisco is very similar,” added Ward 4 Councilor Robert Driscoll.

Lara Robledo November 09, 2012 at 12:10 PM
As a mother of two children. I have spoken to my 13 year old about the benecits of medical marihuana. Im also a disabled veteran with fibromyalgia, PTSD and back problems. Im for it. Im ready to feel better with no side dffects.
Joan Seaman November 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Every street corner has a drug store and a liquor store. Where's the great leap?
bobhc2 November 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
There is no such thing as no side effects...as a medical professional I know that Marijuana can have long term damage to the seratonin receptors in your brain which slows your brain down eventually and reduces reaction times etc and lowers the effect of the "pot" which inturn makes you need more. This is just another example of people wanting to legalize a drug. There are too many loopholes in this law and it makes no sense to enact it the way it is written. I see it as a sneeky way to make the drug legal so we can have more social problems and feed more adicts and justify their lazyness. And Fibromyalgia is usualy treated with Psych drugs becasue it is linked to drepression more then any actual physcial problem!
Keith November 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What medical profession? Sure there are issues and side effects but the pros far outweigh the cons. Ever look at the side effects of some drugs doctors pump into us as they push pills pushed onto then during fancy, free cocktail dinners with drug reps. Whether its prescriptions, alcohol, caffeine, or cigarettes, they're all legal drugs with potentially killer side effects. Pot is the least of my concerns.
sun November 15, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The poor Pharmaceutical Industry wake up people pot is the least of your problems
Saber Walsh November 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Even worse that this, there's an entire industry that's been hiding in backyards around the U.S. waiting to cash in on stupid people who believe everything they are told. The "farmers" who have been putting their money into lobbying groups for years, and supporting people like Bahney Fwank, stand to make BILLIONS while laughing and the morons who bought their story. Smoking anything has side effects, including cancer. This IS an addicting drug and we've known that for generations. This IS federally controlled and is not legal for use by anybody under any circumstance. And yet our politicians have bowed to yet another set of special interest groups who promise to line their coffers with $$$ and even more once their "industry" gets off the ground. We should all be ashamed of this.
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM
The most common side effects from ibuprofen are rash, ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation and heartburn. NSAIDs reduce the ability of blood to clot and therefore increase bleeding after an injury. Ibuprofen may cause ulceration of the stomach or intestine, and the ulcers may bleed. Sometimes, ulceration can occur without abdominal pain, and black, tarry stools, weakness, and dizziness upon standing (orthostatic hypotension) due to bleeding may be the only signs of an ulcer. NSAIDs reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and impair function of the kidneys. The impairment is most likely to occur in patients who already have impaired function of the kidney or congestive heart failure, and use of NSAIDs in these patients should be cautious. People who are allergic to other NSAIDs, including aspirin, should not use ibuprofen. Individuals with asthma are more likely to experience allergic reactions to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. Fluid retention (edema), blood clots, heart attacks, hypertension and heart failure have also been associated with the use of NSAIDs.
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Ibuprofin = Advil
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Common side effects of Asprin: Conditions of Excess Stomach Acid Secretion, Irritation of the Stomach or Intestines, vomiting, Heartburn, Stomach Cramps, Ringing in the Ears, Hemorrhage Within the Skull, Broncho spasm, Stomach or Intestinal Ulcer, Blood coming from Anus, Hepatitis, Bleeding of the Stomach or Intestines,Interstitial Nephritis, Inflammation of Skin, Redness of Skin, Itching, drowsiness, Seizures, Rash, Wheezing, Trouble Breathing, Life Threatening Allergic Reaction, Hives, Reaction due to an Allergy, Rupture in the Wall of the Stomach or Intestine, Hemolytic Anemia, Anemia, Decrease in the Ability of Platelet Cells to Clot Large, Purple or Brown Skin Blotches, Decreased Blood Platelets, Decreased White Blood Cells, Burning Stomach, Indigestion, Loss of Appetite, Abnormal Liver Function, Collection of Clotted Blood in an Organ Space or Tissue.
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I could go on and on for literally days and weeks about "side effects" of OTC Drugs but I know that the nay sayers will simply block their ears eyes and hum real loud so that they can't hear the truth.....about what they so ridiculously believe. Marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as thousands of OTC drugs, Nevermind the prescription poisons that we accept without a peep.
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Some people just like to see others suffer as long as it doesn't effect them or their loved ones..... But let someone in your family find the need for it and suddenly they are all over it. Bunch of brainwashed sheep. Bahh bahh bahhh. How about this if you don''t like it then don't use it and stop whining about it and let those that do use it alone. Oh that's right you are angry about the law legalizing so you will pretend you know all there is to know about it and cry crocodile tears if you don't get your way. Only a seriously anal person would deny a person something that relieves his/her pain.... My first question to you naysayers is ....What is your stake in this? Don't say to keep my kids off of drugs because that is not a valid answer. Remember Marijuana as far as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is concerned is legal for medical purposes and decriminalized for non medical purposes. If you do not like that then hit the road Jack. Move to a state where it is not legal if it is that important to you. 63.3% vs 36.7% voted in favor of the law change. In Peabody specifically 14,363 voted YES 11,091 voted NO In Peabody...A CLEAR statement. All I hear is sour grapes from the people that protest this law.... The will of the people prevails as it should have. Regardless of the subject matter.
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I give Mr Gamache props for at least accepting the will of the people and trying to work with it rather than against it. He is taking the proper approach to the matter. The knee jerk reaction in Peabody is disturbing to say the least.


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