PORTLAND, Maine — Three Peabody city councilors traveled to Maine on Thursday to tour two medical marijuana dispensaries run by Wellness Connection, which is seeking state approval to open a shop in Peabody.
Councilors Jon Turco, Joel Saslaw and Tom Rossignoll wanted to see how a dispensary in Peabody might be run. The City Council gave the local go-ahead for the facility in November.
The nonprofit company has run a dispensary in Portland for the past six years, discreetly located in a brick building near downtown. The entrance, in the back, requires someone from inside to buzz you in. Once inside, patients slide their license and medical ID card, a certification, through a slit in the bottom of a glass window to an employee who verifies the prescription.
“We call this the security vestibule, but the nickname we have given it is “the man trap,” CEO Patricia Rosi told the councilors during their visit. “Once you’re there, unless someone lets you in or lets you out, you cannot leave.”
Inside, the wooden doors open to a room with soft green and orange walls, light hardwood