Michael P. Ross Featured in Boston Globe Discussing Downtown Site for Medicinal Cannabis

June 3, 2015

Patriot Care Corp., the only company awarded a state license to sell medical marijuana in Boston, would not sell the drug for recreational use at its controversial downtown location if a widely anticipated 2016 ballot initiative for legalization wins approval. But Patriot Care, backed by a New York financial company that has dispensaries in other states, would not wade into the  recreational arena in Massachusetts, former City Council president Michael P. Ross, now Patriot’s lawyer, said in an interview.

The company is “putting a hard line in the sand that says we will not sell recreational marijuana at 21 Milk St.,” said Ross, who also is a Boston Globe contributing columnist. Patriot Care will stick to medicinal marijuana because the company is “in the business of healing sick people,” Ross said.

He was slated Tuesday to argue the company’s case for a Milk Street dispensary before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, but asked for a deferral until July 7, a last-minute action that surprised dozens of advocates and opponents ready to speak at the hearing. Ross said the company needed more time to sort out several operational issues, and to work closely with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has been a vocal opponent of medical marijuana.

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