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Town Hall Meeting Planned to Address Medical Marijuana Facility

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The potential location of the facility is near Hebron, at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Log Cabin Road. (Photo: WBOC) The potential location of the facility is near Hebron, at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Log Cabin Road. (Photo: WBOC)

FRUITLAND, Md.- Following the August announcement of a company wanting to build a medical marijuana growing facility in Wicomico County, many residents have brought up questions and concerns. That company, BioCannatix, has scheduled a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Fruitland to address those concerns.

"When you mention marijuana, everybody has their immediate thought on it...it carries a stigma," said Henry Hall, who is the part owner of BioCannatix.

The company is applying for a medical marijuana growers' license through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The potential location of the facility is near Hebron, at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Log Cabin Road. BioCannatix said that should the state select it, the cost of building the medical marijuana facility would be between $5 and $8 million. According to the company, a state commission formed to approve medical marijuana licenses will choose 15 licensees by January 2016. Each group then has until July 2017 to complete construction.  

At the town hall meeting Tuesday night, the company is giving the community a chance to meet face-to-face with elected officials and medical marijuana experts.

"I'm from here, I live here, my family's from here, and the last thing I want to do is bring a company that everyone is unhappy with," Hall said. "So, I want to make sure we get around and explain to everyone exactly what it is we are trying to accomplish."

Hall and the company have an uphill battle, though, when it comes to some people in the community.

Gloria Price Watson lives right across the road from where the facility may be built, and opposes the idea. She has lived in that location for 45 years. She said she will be at Tuesday's meeting, but there's nothing that will change her stance against it.

"I think there's quite a few parents out here that are concerned and we don't want our children exposed to that no more than they have to be," Price Watson said.

Hall said if people come to the town hall meeting, it is his hope that it will help them understand exactly what his company is doing.

"They'll understand it's not going to be an eyesore," Hall said. "It's going to be a positive thing."

The overall theme of the town hall meeting is "The Myths and Benefits of Medical Cannabis." Hall said the keynote speakers for the evening will include state Del. Cheryl D. Glenn of Maryland's 45th Legislative District, state Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes of Maryland's 37A Legislative District, Katherine Grimm of CNN's "High Profits," and Dr. Barry Morrison, a chiropractor from Salisbury. 

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Black Diamond Lodge, located at 219 S. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland, MD 21826.

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