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Medical marijuana petitioner withdraws lawsuit against Lynn

Lynnway Sportscenter. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — A former bowling alley owner has dropped a lawsuit against the city for not choosing his Lynnway location to be a medical marijuana clinic, according to court documents.

Paul Crowley, trustee of the Lynnway Sportscenter, withdrew the complaint filed last summer in Salem Superior Court.

Crowley, who also serves as CEO of Greater Lynn Senior Services, declined to be interviewed. But he said in a text message, since his candlepin bowling alley at 497 Lynnway has closed, his concerns about a marijuana facility “next to a place where children congregate is moot.”

Crowley’s attorney, Carl Goodman, did not return a call seeking comment.

The four-page suit named the City Council and the Massachusetts Patient Foundation, the Newton company selected to operate a pot shop at 487-491 Lynnway in the Cooper-Lewis building.

Crowley was one of four medical marijuana companies that filed plans in 2016 to open a clinic in the city. Under his proposal, the 83-year-old candlepin bowling alley would have become a pot dispensary operated by the East Boston-based New England Patient Network.

But that year, the City Council selected the Massachusetts Patient Foundation’s proposal for a shop next door to the bowling alley, and Old World Remedies of Marblehead’s proposal to open on Western Avenue. Both are expected to seek approval to also sell recreational marijuana.

Massachusetts voters legalized the sale and use of medical marijuana in 2012. Marijuana for recreational use was approved by ballot in 2016.

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