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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.

Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Ibuprofin = Advil
Boris Pickets March 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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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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