Maria Castro, who works at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, waits for customers.
Maria Castro, who works at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, waits for customers.Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

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Naturalist Jeff Corwin was born here, author John Cheever is buried here, some of the world’s most famous cymbals are made here, and soon Norwell, an affluent town of 10,500, could be home to one of the first places in the state where you can buy medical marijuana.

And since Norwell is one of the few communities in Massachusetts opening its arms to the newly legalized enterprise, local officials hope their tolerance will pay off in big bucks.

“We’re looking at it like the casino process: We want to see what kind of benefit we can get,” said Town Administrator James Boudreau.

Possibilities include a flat annual fee, contributions to local youth groups, and a percentage of the net revenues, he said.

“So far, the companies have all been open to that,” Boudreau said. “It’s part of their business plan.”

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