Planning Board approves permit for medical marijuana dispensary – Dartmouth Week

A proposed medicinal marijuana dispensary is one step closer to opening in Dartmouth.

On Jan. 10, the Planning Board granted a special permit to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to be opened at a facility located at 529 Faunce Corner Road.

The proposed dispensary would be occupied by Elevation Retail. It would be the only medical marijuana dispensary in the town’s Marijuana Overlay District.

“Cannabis is as much a therapeutic medicine as it is a recreational substance,” said Elevation Retail President Andre Arzumanyan. “So we’re very excited to have the opportunity to participate in town as a medical operation.”

The special permit approval follows a previously unsuccessful bid by developer Michael Panagakos and Arzumanyan last summer to obtain a permit for a recreational dispensary at the same location.

The previous application was withdrawn in November because the proposed location was too close to a site where Solar Therapeutics, another recreational dispensary, had already been approved to open.

The medical dispensary will be able to bypass that issue because the minimum distance requirement will only apply to other medical facilities.

SITEC engineer Steven Gioiosa, who represented Panagakos at the meeting, noted that the facility is approximately 6,150 square feet and includes 34

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