Council will not oppose medical marijuana facility

METHUEN — On the eve of voters deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, the Methuen City Council approved a letter of non-opposition for a medical marijuana facility in the city.

BeWell Organic Medicine Inc., came before the council Monday night seeking a letter of non-opposition for a licensed medical marijuana dispensary at a facility at 15 Aegean Drive. A letter of either support or non-opposition is required by the state Department of Public Health for a registered marijuana dispensary to proceed from the “Siting Profile” phase to the “Inspection Phase” of its approval process.

The council approved the letter of non-opposition in a 7-1 vote, with west district Councilor George Kazanjian voting against it and at-large Councilor James Jajuga abstaining.

Vincent Manzi, an attorney and board member for BeWell who was part of the corporation’s presentation to the council, said he was excited for the approval and being able to move forward in the process.

“We think this is a good spot for a dispensary and it’s very much needed in this community,” Manzi said. “We think both the medical benefits and financial benefits that are going to flow with this decision as it goes forward are going to be very positive for Methuen.”

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