Wareham Selectmen accept gifts, 1 worth $410, the other $30,000

By Matthew Bernat | Jul 24, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Selectman Peter Teitelbaum, left, and Chair Alan Slavin talk at Tuesday's meeting.

Selectmen accepted two gifts on behalf of the town Tuesday night, one worth $410 and the other $30,000.

The first gift was from former Cemetery Commissioner Deborah Rose. She offered to cover the cost of the town printing the new cemetery regulations commissioners spent the past two years drafting.

Selectmen noted Rose would be moving out of town soon and wanted to give something back.

“This is my own contribution to the Town of Wareham and its residents,” she wrote in a letter. “I have enjoyed acting as a cemetery commissioner and will be leaving with many happy memories.”

The second gift was from Pharmacannis Massachusetts, Inc. The medical marijuana company recently opened a dispensary on Main Street after years of planning and delays. Known as Verilife, the dispensary is scheduled to start selling marijuana for recreational use this summer pending state approval.

Town Administrator Derek Sullivan said the gift was appreciated.

“It’s a nice, good faith gesture for them to donate $30,000 as a gift to the town,” said Sullivan. “I appreciate that and hope more will follow.”

Comments (5)
Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 25, 2018 07:56

Nice gesture by Verilife but I'm not buying it...  Do selectmen now require payoffs for a legalized industry to dobusiness in Warehams?

State government has made a mockery of what the voters want and individual towns have jumped on board with  moratoriums and all other kinds of delays. It's ridiculous to me that they're passing up on all this tax revenue and letting illegal drug dealers collect this money still. when are these people going to wake up and allow this industry to move forward in Massachusetts because it's not going anywhere folks it'shere to stay.

Posted by: WWreader | Jul 25, 2018 09:18

What are you talking about payoffs required by selectmen? That money goes into the general account which helps the town pay its bills. How many times have I read on here that we need to get more out of our businesses. So this business simply gives the town money and you're not buying it? And people aren't trying to stop these businesses. They are just concerned with where they will be in our community. Get a grip.

Posted by: barnstorm | Jul 25, 2018 09:44

I'm buying! What a great gesture on the part of Verilife and an excellent example to all the towns in our area..... from Wareham, the "Gateway" to weed in Cape Cod. Give us money, that's what we want!

Posted by: Knocked for six | Jul 26, 2018 16:42

Buying the insurance

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 27, 2018 11:07

WWReader if you think that wasn't some kind of payoff disguised as a "gift", I have a bridge to sell you  ..



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