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December 16, 2013

Public gets chance to sound off on pot farms Tuesday


Chris Edwards, who heads ATG, said that he’s not against a moratorium on dispensaries, but if the moratorium included cultivation facilities, it would inhibit his company’s ability to meet strict Department of Public Health timelines should ATG be awarded a license.

Edwards added that his company would bring numerous economic benefits to Amesbury in the form of increased tax revenue, new jobs and $50,000 per year through a Community Host Agreement. His company posted an open letter to the people of Amesbury seeking support and asked residents to contact their city councilor.

In addition to the medical marijuana discussion, Tuesday’s meeting will also see the continuation of a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens as pets on their property, and the resolution of a dispute that flared up last week between outgoing Mayor Thatcher Kezer and Mayor-elect Ken Gray.

At last week’s City Council meeting, Kezer attempted to appoint three individuals to the Conservation Commission. The appointments were added to the agenda as late files, but the City Council postponed its vote after Gray objected.

Gray said he hadn’t been given a chance to review the appointees himself, and he took issue with the Kezer’s attempt to appoint his own people on his way out the door. He asked that the appointments be delayed so that he’d have a chance to interview them himself, and the council obliged.

“I asked them to slow down and give me the chance to talk to the people,” Gray said. “The first one was fine, and assuming the other two turn out that way I’ll let the whole thing go.”

The three prospective appointees are Alan Corey, Kinsey Boehl and Suzanne Egan. If appointed to the Conservation Commission, each would serve a term set to expire on June 30, 2017.

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