Fo­rum set for mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary dis­cus­sion

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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.

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