Fresh Meadow Farms and Nature’s Remedies spoke at Tuesday’s Selectmen meeting. Both need the support of the town before they can move forward with applying for licenses. The board, however, didn’t provide the response thewere hoping for – they were silent.
Fresh Meadows Farm’s owner, Jeffrey Randall, says their proposed location on Camelot Drive is a “great location for patients,” according to Wicked Local Plymouth. The Communications Advisor for Fresh Meadow Farms, Michael Lutz assured the board that proper security measures would be in place. He also mentioned the types of systems that would be used as well as the benefit to patients that the location would offer.
Owner of Nature’s Remedy, Robert Carr Jr.’s presentation was similar. He was assisted by compliance officer Valerio Romano and his counsel. The proposed location for Nature’s Remedy would be on Richards Lane.
Both presentations took less than 30 minutes. Selectman John Mahoney, prior to a vote taking place, referenced a “crystal ball” to predict the future of recreational marijuana in the town. Compliance officer Romano commented that the recreational and medical marijuana markets would remain separate.
He said, “Looking in my crystal ball, I’d say that by the end of 2018 there will be no more than three or four recreational dispensaries in Massachusetts.”
He also predicted that by 2020, there wouldn’t be more than 15 recreational dispensaries open.
Next, the two potential dispensaries expected the board to hold a vote. However, no vote ever ensued. The chairperson asked if a vote should be taken to write a letter either supporting or not supporting the two propositions. This marks twice that these potential medical marijuana dispensaries have been shut down in Plymouth.
Town Manager Melissa Arrighi commented that maybe the Selectmen want to review the two currently operating dispensaries before adding more.
She said, “I believe the companies can still apply at the state level, however, the state wants to see a letter from the selectmen. That will be missing from their applications.”
Chairman Ken Tavares commented that the “silence spoke volumes.”
He said, “First, though, we have an obligation to listen. We want to be respectful so we are willing to listen to proposals, to review them and have groups make presentations.”
He further commented that, “Secondly, though there seems to be consensus on the board for sitting put with two dispensaries for now, you never know what you might hear when these presentations are made, so it’s important to hear them out.”
Tavares also said, “In the end, I think we were both respectful and very clear. This was a classic example of what is meant when someone says, ‘The silence is deafening.’”