ROWLEY — Selectmen have unanimously agreed to support a medical marijuana dispensary in town.
The 4-0 vote — Selectman Bob Snow was absent — saw the board agree to a letter of approval for the dispensary at 300 Newburyport Turnpike (Route 1).
The operators said they would like to sell recreational marijuana should it be permitted in Rowley in future.
But they also agreed to leave that decision up to selectmen when the time comes.
The decision means three registered marijuana dispensaries (RMDs) are planned along a 2.8-mile stretch of Route 1 in Ipswich and Rowley.
The company operating the Rowley facility is Quincy-based Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts. Its president is Robert Carr of Manchester.
He and other company representatives asked selectmen for either a letter of support or a letter of non-opposition for the dispensary.
The documents are required by the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services as part of its permitting process.
Appearing before the board in August, Carr said, “Our commitment is to operate a safe dispensary in town.” It will occupy 2,500 square feet, he said.
There will be no signs or illustrations outside with cannabis leaves or paraphernalia, Carr added.
At their meeting, selectmen were largely sympathetic on the need for medical marijuana.
Chairman Joseph Perry said he initially distrusted news reports that marijuana could be used to cure diseases.
However, he saw how it helped a friend with pancreatic cancer. “It was an eye opener for me,” Perry said.
Selectman David Petersen, now retired after a career in law enforcement, said he spent much of that time “chasing people around” for drugs offenses.
However, he also saw how medical