TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Board of Selectmen held its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. The most controversial matter of the evening was a request by Trichome Health Corporation for a letter of non-opposition, which would allow them to continue the process of pursuing a license to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Tewksbury.
Trichome’s representatives stated that they have previously met with the Town Manager and several board members in May, July, and August of 2017, and stressed that they have adhered to town and state zoning and by-laws.
The representatives further emphasized the benefits that they contend Tewksbury will stand to gain should a dispensary open in the town including tax benefits, increased revenue, and increased jobs.
The board expressed concerns about recreational marijuana use and the current opioid crises, to which Trichome reiterated that their business will only involve medical marijuana distribution. Trichome went on to argue that opioid abuse and fatality statistics decrease in communities where medical marijuana dispensaries are present, but the board