Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor

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Schuh, Owen McEvoy.The case is one of the more extreme examples of the uphill battle to establish a medical marijuana dispensary even as more states are setting up processes to license them. More than half of all states have approved marijuana for medical uses. The public took little notice until the Planning and Zoning Commission began hearings this spring on five dispensary applications. Dhanda’s claim of declining property values “patently absurd,” given the booming Harvard Square real estate market. But it’s not getting any easier on the real estate side.”The resistance seems to run contrary to national trends.

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Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor

ImageThe First State Compassion Center, far right, a medical marijuana dispensary in Lewes, Del., was designed and developed by MariMed Advisors. “We are trying to educate local communities that this pot is not the devil coming,” said Robert N. Fireman, the president and chief executive of MariMed, based in Newton, Mass.CreditMark Makela for The New York Times

By Lisa Prevost

July 3, 2018

Finding a place to house a medical marijuana dispensary is rarely an easy task, but MariMed Advisors, which specializes in developing cannabis businesses, encountered especially aggressive pushback working for a client in Annapolis, Md., last year.

The company reviewed several hundred potential locations for the client’s proposed dispensary before finally finding one that met nearly every one of the strict requirements demanded by officials of Anne Arundel...

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