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Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary - Brockton
The other day an article came out where Carpenter said he voted against Medical and Recreational Marijuana. Hmmm., he said (paraphrase), he is now thinking about pain relief, assistance in the opioid epidemic and revenue, all issues that were there prior. However I say "follow the money"! Attorney Phil Nessarella , you know the CITY SOLICITOR, just filed for a variance to open a dispensary abutting the Westgate Mall.
"The top lawyer for Brockton's city government is behind a new proposal to build a medical marijuana dispensary at the Westgate Mall. A limited liability company registered to City Solicitor Philip Nessralla is expected to petition the Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals at its upcoming March 14 meeting for a variance to have a medical marijuana facility at 165 Westgate Drive. The property is a plaza across the street from the main Westgate Mall building, which now features a medical supply store and an armed services recruitment center. Messages seeking comment were left with Nessralla and Carpenter on Friday afternoon.
"On Thursday, Carpenter told guests at the one-year anniversary celebration of The Champion Plan, a police-assisted substance abuse outreach program, that he was "getting more open-minded" about medical marijuana, after he was initially against the 2012 statewide ballot vote to legalize the doctor-prescribed product."
For those who want more info this is from Michelle DuBois FB page:,
On March 14 at 7pm the Zoning Board of Appeals will be hearing a request to place a 3rd Medical Marijuana dispensary in Brockton (at the Mall). Public Hearing WILL BE HELD at ARNONE SCHOOL‐LITTLE THEATRE, on BELMONT STREET, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.
- The business needs to get local variance before they apply at the State because Brockton has a medical marijuana overlay district (west side industrial park) which is the only location they can go by right. Brockton had the State's 2nd medical marijuana dispensary because of the City Council's proactive medical marijuana overlay zoning district.
There IS already an application at the state level for a 2nd medical marijuana dispensary on liberty street, within the medical marijuana overlay zoning district. So if the variance is granted it would mean 3 in the city.
We need to come to the realization that Marijuana is going to be legal.
We can't make it illegal within the city limits like we try to do with all business.
Dubois had a good idea a few years ago to make sure we got ahead of it we should have set local licensing fees very high for dispensaries so that the city could reap some of the money they will be making.
Color me surprised.
"The mayor and his top lawyer at Brockton City Hall are publicly at odds about a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in the Westgate Mall area.Brockton City Solicitor Philip Nessralla is the owner 165 Westgate Drive and is advocating for a Colorado-based company's proposal to use his property to open a new medical marijuana dispensary. NS AJO Holdings, operated by Aidan O'Donovan, is seeking a zoning variance to use a commercially zoned 3,000-square-foot space in Nessralla's 165 Westgate Mall Drive plaza building, located outside of the city's overlay district that is designated for medical marijuana dispensaries.
"But Mayor Bill Carpenter is calling on the Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the variance requested by O'Donovan's marijuana company. The variance request is on the agenda for the city board's March 14 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Arnone Elementary School. Carpenter said that any of expansion for medical marijuana dispensaries outside of the overlay district in the industrial area of West Chestnut Street, which was approved in 2013 by the Brockton City Council, should only take place after "thoughtful community input." Carpenter said it should be City Council's role to approve any modifications of the district."
Medical marijuana yes. Recreation marijuana no.
That's the same as calling it "fun" marijuana.
How many deaths by car accidents will it take?
Is there any difference in getting high on alcohol
than on marijuana?
If we all sang the same note in the choir, <br />We'd never have harmony <br />
Not everyone who drinks does so to get drunk, but doing marijuana has only one purpose and that's to get high, so there is a difference. Add this to drunk driving and we have our hands full, because now it's legal. They don't have breathalyzers for marijuana, so it's a free pass to kill without proof.
If we all sang the same note in the choir, <br />We'd never have harmony <br />
I am not against alcohol, but I am guessing most people do it to at least relax. One or two extras and you are on your way to being drunk. In Colorado there are blood test requirements to assess marijuana impairment but it is controversial as there are no wide standards (yet) for this. Here, you can still be stopped for driving under the influence and you would be subjected to the same sobriety tests. I support medical marijuana and have no interest in recreational weed. But what is the difference between a shot of alcohol and a medical user puffing too much? Seems the same to me and neither should be driving. Then again, acquiring a prescription is not impossible as one of the qualifiers in MA is " other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient's certifying physician." Someone who receives medical MJ for, say, extreme anxiety, may overuse and drive, too. I fluctuate on this. Knuckleheads will misuse any substance. Smart people will call a cab. But when Big Brother outlaws something because "he" feels people can't act properly, we have a bigger problem than substance abuse. I read that marijuana is set to be charged at least 12% tax. I like the idea of raising that higher and designating an official use for the revenue. Dave is right, Prohibition led people to booze, not away from it. When abolished it did not encourage our entire country into becoming drunks. Smoking stinks. I hate the smell of it on people. I would not want to hang around someone wearing Eau De Reefer. Sometimes the ability to have as much as you want of something takes away the fun of it. We need solid enforcement but since it passed, we must accept it.
Strange, Westgate Mall is a shell of it's old self but locating marijuana within its confines is someone's idea of a good thing?
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"The zoning board voted 4-0 against a request by NS AJO Holdings, also known as Natural Selections, to grant a variance for the 165 Westgate Drive property. The building is in a commercially-zoned property, outside of the city's zoning overlay district for medical marijuana, which was established after citizens across the state voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2012. The vote against the variance came after six Brockton City Council members and a state representative spoke at the hearing in opposition to the request. A letter was also submitted by Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter urged the board to strike down the proposed variance. A representative of the Westgate Mall also voiced the mall's objection to the proposed medical marijuana dispensary, stating that it would scare away national companies from opening new stores at the mall.
"The five-person Zoning Board of Appeals, which consists of mayoral appointments, the fire chief and planning board members, and a planning board member. The only Brockton zoning board member who did not vote against the medical marijuana variance was Gary Keith, who also sits on the planning board and is a candidate for City Council. Keith abstained from the vote.The Zoning Board of Appeals voted after only a few members of the public spoke in support of the variance, including two elected officials, Ward 7 City Councilor Shirley Asack, and Councilor-at-large Shaynah Barnes."
Ok, am I reading this right...the Ward CC Asack voted to have it, despite out of the overlay and despite the objection of the Westgate Mall who said it could scare away new businesses? Would love to hear that either this is wrong reporting or her rationale??
"Do the right thing, even when no one is looking"
Yep, you are correct Daisy. She, Asack, also said she didn't vote yes on the Marijuana legislation in November. Also, Barnes said she voted yes, as she said (paraphrasing) that pot is a good way to fight opioids and help those who needed the pain relief. She's not wrong on this point. However, this was a Zoning issue, not a vote on Pot. And the owners of the property don't want it on their property. Asack is marching to a different drummer and it doesn't appear to be her constituents. Again, not a Pot issue, a Zoning issue. They wanted a waiver.
I spoke in Objection to this based on the variance request.
This is what I had to say
Good evening board members
My name is ray henningson Ward 7 resident
I am here in opposition not to marijuana but to granting a variance
This variance would essentially gut the overlay district and the spirit of the overlay district that the city council so wisely passed
It would place an unfair situation for the current dispensary which has been a good neighbor and not caused any issues and has followed the overlay district ordinance
This dispensary can certainly seek to be in that overlay district and I am sure the current dispensary would welcome fair competition
As for ease of access the overlay district has public transportation access as well as ease of access off of rte 24. Perhaps the applicant doesn't know about the brockton transit system
I am not opposed to the spirit of the law where the voters have spoken on this issue of marijuana but I am opposed to granting this variance