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August 27, 2013

A pot clinic near you?

Salem, Beverly eyed for medicinal marijuana dispensaries

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Brandon Tarricone, 34, a musician in the Beverly area who founded Medicinal Evolution, said he has teamed with several people, including Dr. Lester Grinspoon, whom his website calls a “world-renowned expert” in the field of medical marijuana.

“Beverly is our first focus because it is our local community,” he said.

Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question allowing medical marijuana to be distributed to patients with a “debilitating medical condition” who obtain certification from a doctor. The law, which specified cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and other serious conditions, allows a patient to obtain a 60-day supply, or up to 10 ounces, for personal use.

McCarren said she hopes to open a wellness center with a variety of alternative therapies including medical marijuana, which she called “part of the medical self-healing movement.”

Edwards called it a patients’ rights issue.

“Patients who are in need of some relief should have this choice,” he said.

Whatever happens in Salem, Driscoll stressed that neighborhood meetings and public hearings will be held, and residents will have lots of opportunities to speak up.

“This is not going to be something that is done quickly,” she said.

Essex County medicinal marijuana clinic applicants Name of applicant Contact person Alternative Therapies Group Christopher Edwards Commonwealth Therapeutics Centers Mark Ehrman Creative Botanicals Developmmet, Inc. John Taxiarchis Good Chemistry Jaime Lewis Herbal Wellness Center, Inc. Jeffrey Rice Holistic Health Center Robert Ciardi Ipswich Pharmaceuticals Joseph McCarthy Mass Compassion Corp. Joseph Shelzi Medicinal Evolution, Inc. Brandon Tarricone New England Wellness Assoc., Inc. Julius Sokol North Shore Progressive Health Lynne McCarren Patient Resource Center Joel Gorn, M.D. Planting Hope Kevin Kilduff, Esq. The CAS Foundation Jayne Vining Total Health and Wellness, Inc. David Rabinavitz BeWell Organic Medicine Charles Saba Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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