It appeared that traffic impact and lighting were going to be the main topics at a public hearing at Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) on Thursday night for Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, a proposed medical marijuana dispensary and grow operation at 90 Dr. Fisher Road, in the West Tisbury Light-Industrial District.
While these topics were discussed, the conversation took a legal turn when school superintendent Matt D’Andrea, expressing his opposition to the dispensary, told commissioners that, according to his research, “The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act,” states that once a dispensary is established, “you open the door to a retail outlet at this area. If you allow one you can’t deny another. And, as superintendent of schools, I need to speak out against marijuana facilities.”
Commissioner Linda Sibley, who ran the meeting, said that MVC legal counsel should be consulted to determine if Mr. D’Andrea is correct, before making a decision.