Westford medical-marijuana bids spur debate

WESTFORD — With uncertainty heading into the November election with a ballot question on legalizing recreational marijuana, the Board of Selectmen was hesitant to take steps forward in the process of approving two medical marijuana facilities eyeing spots along Route 110.

The two registered marijuana dispensaries seeking locations in Westford — Seven Point of Massachusetts and Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts — withdrew their applications for a letter of non-opposition at the meeting Tuesday night, in an effort to avoid a negative vote by the board and allow more time for the consideration of their facilities.

Andrea Peraner-Sweet said the issue was personal to her and her family.

“I am simply being asked to cite, is it allowed in Westford, and is it allowed in the zone,” she said. The answer to both is yes.

“That’s all, in my mind, we’re being asked to do tonight,” she said.

Getting a letter of non-opposition from the Board of Selectmen or City Council is just one step in the process for an RMD to get permitted in Massachusetts.

“Like Andrea, I know people who have been very sick and this is beneficial to them and I have a lot of sympathy to that,” said Selectmen Chairman Kelly Ross.

But, the chairman said he was also concerned about crime, and was interested in seeing what happens on the ballot in November before making any final decisions.

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