BOSTON – Representatives from the company seeking to open medical marijuana dispensaries in downtown Boston and Greenfield are slated to appear before a zoning board on Tuesday.
Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals is tasked with determining whether Patriot Care Corp. should be granted a conditional use license to open a dispensary at 21 Milk St.
Patriot Care also wants to open a dispensary in Lowell, at 70 Industrial Ave. East. In Greenfield, the dispensary would be located at 7 Legion Ave.
The Boston dispensary would be located just off the city’s “Freedom Trail” and across the street from the Old South Meeting House, a landmark that bills itself as the place “where the Boston Tea Party began.”
On its website, Patriot Care lists the three locations as opening in “Summer 2015.”
The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, a coalition that includes medical marijuana patients, is asking supporters to show up at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, which is set for 9:30 a.m. inside Boston City Hall.
“Please join us the morning of August 4th, show your support and help us on our mission to eliminate suffering one patient at a time through education and the responsible use of marijuana for medical use,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is an opponent of marijuana, referring to the substance as a “gateway drug.”
Massachusetts voters signed off on medical marijuana in 2012, but the state has been slow to implement the law. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary, run by the Alternative Therapies Group, opened in June in Salem.
Voters could get a chance to decide whether the state should legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2016. Two groups pushing legalization have said they plan to file ballot questions.
The first deadline in the ballot initiative process is Aug. 5, 2015, when groups looking to place a question on the 2016 ballot must submit their language to the state attorney general’s office.    

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