Forum set for marijuana dispensary discussion
CHESTERTOWN — Hippocratic Growth, which has proposed a medical marijuana dispensary in Grasonville, will hold an informational presentation about such dispensaries at 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Imperial Hotel, 208 High St., Chestertown.
Originally, Hippocratic Growth was going to make the presentation at a Feb. 18 town hall meeting which Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey set up.
But Hippocratic Growth pulled out after filing a lawsuit against the county and the town meeting was canceled. Stephen Meehan, principal of Hippocratic Growth, said the company decided to cancel based on the advice of his trial attorney because it would be inappropriate in a county government setting.
But the topic will be the same at the meeting Hippocratic Growth will host on Feb. 23.
The presentation will include an explanation of the dispensary application process and regulatory features that include layout, operations, staff screening and training, and security.
Additionally, Hippocratic Growth’s clinical director will be present and take questions on medical cannabis uses.
Meehan also said there will be more meetings with the same topic in Senatorial District 36, which the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has approved for Hippocratic Growth to establish a medical marijuana dispensary.
Senatorial District 36 includes Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties and part of Caroline. The marijuana commission also approved PharmKent for a dispensary in the same district. PharmKent is looking at sites in the Elkton area.
Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are considering amendments to the zoning ordinance regulating the placement of medical marijuana growing, processing, and dispensaries in the county.
The county’s Planning Commission has recommended approval of the amendments, but the commissioners have the final say.
If the amendments are approved, Hippocratic Growth won’t be able to follow through with its plans for a dispensary the company is planning at 101 Drummer Drive, Grasonville because the dispensary would fall within 100 feet of a residential dwelling and abuts an existing residential use.
Hippocratic Growth filed a lawsuit in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court over the proposed regulations and a resolution also passed by the county commissioners on the same topic.