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Neighbors and Queen Anne's County Fight Back Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Posted: 07/19/2017 07:33:00 -04:00 Updated:

GRASONVILLE, Md.- There were raised voices and angry hands at 101 Drummer Drive in Grasonville on Tuesday.

Sisters, Ashley Herr and Paige Colen, the owners of Hippocratic Growth, want to open a medical marijuana dispensary, but some neighbors in the area say - not so fast.

Edward Fooks lives right behind the proposed location. 

"I'm not against what they're doing. It's where they want to do it," Fooks said. "I don't want it in my backyard or in my neighbor's yard."

But Hippocratic Growth's owners say the location is ideal for their patients.

"We wanted to be as close as possible to our patients rather than making them do the extra work to seek therapy that is different from traditional pharmaceuticals," Colen said.

The sisters say they went around the neighborhood - gathering opinions about putting a dispensary close by. They say those opinions sounded a lot like Jessica Miles'

"With a dispensary here, it will lower crime and the drug activity," Miles said. "I think a lot of people agree with me."

But Fooks is one of those people who doesn't agree - neither do Queen Anne's County commissioners.

Earlier this year, the county passed an ordinance blocking Hippocratic Growth from obtaining a property license. Hippocratic Growth sued the county in response, but a judge ruled the ordinance lawful.

The owners say it's a constitutional violation.

"They're just simply acting on old, outdated prejudices," Colen said. "Their personal motivations are really powered by this stigma against cannabis."

Herr and Colen say they plan on working with the county to find a perfect place for a new medical dispensary.

 

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