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5 Marijuana Dispensaries and 2 Cultivation Centers Proposed for Framingham

Worcester had the most applicants in the Commonwealth with nine, followed by Boston with six and then Framingham and Lowell tied.

Five non-profit companies want to put a medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Five non-profit companies want to put a medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Five non-profit companies want to put a medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Overall, there were 101 applicants seeking licenses to open marijuana dispensaries for medical use in the Commonwealth. Worcester topped the list with nine applicants, followed by Boston with six and Framingham and Lowell each with five.

Seventeen of the 100 listed Middlesex County as their first choice for operation, with five companies indicating Framingham was their first choice.

  • Prime Wellness, under applicant John Glowik Jr., would like to open a dispensary at 665 Cochituate Rd.
  • 1 Relief, Inc., under applicant David S. Safaii, would like to open a dispensary at 665 Cochituate Rd.
  • Mass Relief, under applicant Steven Hurd, would like to open a dispensary at 665 Cochituate Rd.
  • Patient Alliance Wellness Center, under applicant Irina Salgan, would like to open a dispensary location at 271 Worcester Rd. (Route 9).
  • Mass Compassionate Patient Care Corp., under applicant James Thomas, would like to open a dispensary location at 1164 Worcester Rd. (Route 9).
The former breakfast eatery Eggcetera, Etc, which opened in Nov. 2011, was located at 665 Cochituate Rd. 

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin said two applicants want to open a cultivation center in Framingham, proposed to be located at 95 Eames Rd. Those appliants were Mass Compassionate Patient Care Corp. and Patient Alliance Wellness Center, Inc. 

At a Special Town Meeting in October, Framingham resident Doug Kinz said he had signed letters of intent with four applicants who wanted to operate a cultivation center in his family’s commercial building on Eames Road, the former Comfort Air Systems warehouse.

The State's Public Health Department anticipates announcing the successful applicants on Jan. 31.  A selection committee will evaluate the applications based on appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant's ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients while ensuring public safety. 

During the first phase, 181 applications were received, of which 158 were invited to submit an application for Phase 2 and 101 did.

A voter-approved state law that took effect on Jan. 1 allows for up to 35 dispensaries in the Commonwealth, with at least one and no more than five in any one county. 

Framingham Town Meeting twice rejected establishing marijuana dispensary and cultivation zones in town.

TMM December 04, 2013 at 07:53 AM
The location at 665 Cochituate Road is the ideal location. It is a major road, at the Mass Pike entrance/exit, and most accessible from any point. Compare this location with Eames Street in Southside. The Eames location is difficult to find, removed from major roads. It is on a narrow street at the edge of a residential area. As Town Meeting Chair of this precinct, I would not suggest or support a dispensary at this location. Please keep the dispensary and cultivation center at one location. George Lewis
William LaBarge December 04, 2013 at 09:36 AM
George: I believe that the proposal for Eames Street is for growing medical cannabis and not for operating a dispensary. We don't need several medical cannabis patients flocking to that grow house any more than we need patients going to the manufacturer's factory to get the prescription filled when we have retail drug store for that purpose. Furthermore, I do not recommend that the grow houses be operating near where thousands of people will be flocking by any more than Eli Lilly needs their pill factories near where thousands of people will be flocking by.
TMM December 04, 2013 at 10:21 AM
My apologies for stating a dispensary was suggested for Eames Street. However, I believe there are more suitable locations for a cultivation center than this neighborhood in Southside.
Scott Wadland December 04, 2013 at 11:55 AM
George, lest anyone accuse you of being a NIMBY, can you suggest what would make a location "suitable" in your eyes?
TMM December 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Mr. Wadland: Why not Pleasant Street? For the last number of months the term "NIMBY" has been strongly used by many people in your area regarding the Marist property. And yourself?
Scott Wadland December 04, 2013 at 03:20 PM
So George, rather than addressing my question about what would make for a suitable location, you look up my address and then automatically assume that I am against the Walden-Marist deal? Quite a leap I would say. Had you cyber-stalked me a bit further, you would have found comments I have made in support of the project. As to your question, if there is a commercial-industrial property on Pleasant St that could be used for cultivation, I would not have an issue with it. To do so would be hypocritical, since there are already pharmaceutical facilities right around the corner. But you knew this already, right, since you know where I live?

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