State OKs medical pot companies for Peabody
PEABODY — Two pot companies have received the go-ahead from the state to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Next, Wellness Connection of Massachusetts Inc. and Phytotherapy Inc. will go before the City Council for a special permit. City officials expect to take up both applications in six to eight weeks.
Wellness Connection has a business address at 30 Railroad Ave. in Revere, where it also has a cultivation center. It is seeking to build a dispensary at vacant land off Route 1. Meanwhile, next door, Phytotherapy, based out of 25 Newbury St., wants to occupy the Brother’s Kouzina property and move the restaurant to a new location.
The state Department of Public Health reviewed the applications and last week issued Provisional Certificates for Registration, which allows the companies to move forward in Peabody.
In addition to special permits, the applicants will have to negotiate host agreements with Mayor Ted Bettencourt. He said in a recent interview that he wants the City Council to be involved in those talks as well, and will only begin that process if the council grants the permits. The city would receive 3 percent of the gross revenue from the companies.
A third company, Sanctuary Medicinals Inc., also went in front of the council in November to seek a letter of non-opposition —which was required in order to apply with the state — but has not received a provisional certificate. The company never submitted a siting profile for Peabody — it was interested in the building occupied by Don’s Power Equipment at 29 Newbury St. — but Sanctuary did receive a certificate last week to operate in Danvers.
The company plans to open a dispensary this spring at 2 Electronics Ave. in Danvers, just up Route 1 on the southbound side. CEO Jason Sidman did not return