JPNC delays vote on medical marijuana dispensary

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has delayed a vote on a proposal by Massachusetts Patient Foundation Inc. (MPF) to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Forest Hills, according to JPNC chair Kevin Moloney.

The council had been expected to vote on the proposal during its June 27 meeting.

Moloney said officials from MPF have agreed to do more community outreach and that the council has scheduled MPF on the agenda for the September JPNC meeting.

MPF, a nonprofit corporation, is planning on opening a medical marijuana treatment center at 54A Hyde Park Ave. The proposed medical marijuana treatment center would be a retail-only facility, with cultivation and processing to occur in Fitchburg. The center would be secured by a variety of measures, including a sally-port entrance, three separate ID and registration verifications, a security guard present during all hours of operation, and 24-hour camera coverage of the facility.

The proposed center would be approximately 1,500 square feet and offer a variety of medical marijuana treatment options to the local patient population.

MPF will need approvals from the City of Boston, state Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Council.

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