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Manager says medical marijuana firm's Framingham plans thwarted by local residents, businesses

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 12, 2012 03:45 PM

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CannaMed, a California-based medical marijuana evaluation practice, said that the landlords for its anticipated Framingham location have terminated the company's lease after receiving negative feedback from local residents and businesses.

CannaMed officials announced two weeks ago that they would open an office at 945 Concord St. in Framingham on Dec. 15. However, the building's owner, Jumbo Capital Management, terminated CannaMed's lease after receiving letters from its tenants objecting to the company moving, said Richard Tav, regional manager for CannaMed.

"How do you have a signed lease and contract and pay monies, and then they terminate it on you? It doesn’t make sense," Tav said. He declined to say how much he had put down on the lease.

Officials from Jumbo Capital and the town of Framingham could not immediately be reached for comment.

Now, the California-based company that specializes in evaluating patients for medical marijuana use has pushed its Massachusetts opening date from Dec. 15 to Jan. 5, and will not be publicly disclosing the new location, Tav said.

"If we disclose the address, the same thing will happen again," Tav said, even declining to confirm what town CannaMed will open in come Jan. 5. "They’re denying patients safe access to alternative medication - there’s nothing constitutional about that."

Tav said the company would give the location out to patients after speaking with them on the phone.

"We lost a lot of money because a few people aren't interested in giving the alternative option to very ill people," he said. "The compassion level is not being utilized there."

Massachusetts voters passed a ballot question in November that legalized medical marijuana, which allows up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the state beginning next year. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Representatives from CannaMed previously told Boston.com that their Massachusetts office will charge $199 a year for each patient that it recommends for medical marijuana use based on a medical evaluation.

CannaMed physicians do not diagnose illnesses, Tav said previously, and prospective patients must have medical records including their diagnosis and any treatment plans to see a physician at all. Physicians do not write ‘prescriptions’ for marijuana, he said, they write recommendations – and they cannot tell patients where or how to obtain marijuana, either.

Tav told Boston.com previously that the company is considering expanding into Needham, Newton and Brighton, depending on the response to the first location.


Town Correspondent Evan Allen contributed to this report.

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