IPSWICH — Several months after one proposed marijuana facility pulled out of Ipswich, another has stepped in — and now wants to take over the location abandoned by the first.
Meeting with the select board last night, May 21, the New England Patient Network secured a letter of non-opposition from the board to proceed with its application to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
NEPN plans to buy the building at 31 Turnpike Road (Route 1) where Ipswich Pharmaceutical Associates (IPA) secured a special permit in May 2017 to open its registered marijuana dispensary.
NEPN is a non-profit corporation which was organized in Massachusetts in May 2015, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Senior Planner Ethan Parsons said Tuesday no plans have been filed with the town yet.
NEPN CEO Julius Sokol said the sale would close when town approvals have been secured. The building, 6,680 square feet, is on the market for $830,000, and currently occupied by Jaquith Carbide. NEPN will occupy around 1,600 sq. ft. and share the building.
IPA had similar plans but also wanted to sell recreational marijuana, something Ipswich is against. The company announced in February 2018 that it was moving two miles north to Rowley.
At last night’s select board meeting in Ipswich, Sokol said his company is already operating in Deerfield and wants to move to Ipswich.
A resident of Marblehead, he said the company only plans to dispense medical marijuana, which would not be grown on site. On medical-only sales, he said, “We’d be happy to write that into the agreement.”
Sokol said NEPN would pay a local three percent tax on gross sales, which he estimated to