City could have six marijuana facilities

  • Customers purchase products at Patriot Care dispensary in April. RECORDER STAFF/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/12/2019 11:39:21 PM

GREENFIELD – With five, almost six, companies with a community host agreement from the city for marijuana facilities, there may be more green in the city’s future.

There are currently five signed host agreements, and a sixth to be signed soon, according to Director of Planning and Development Eric Twarog.

The first in Franklin County, Patriot Care opened in April in the old American Legion building behind Green Fields Market.

Patriot Care had been running a medical marijuana business in Greenfield for over a year. The state has given preference to groups that already have medical marijuana shops to pioneer the way for regular retail.

Anyone who is 21 and older can now purchase marijuana and other related products, like oils and baked goods, at the business.

Greenfield’s zoning ordinance on marijuana allows no more than eight recreational marijuana locations, and all must be at least 250 feet from schools with grades kindergarten to 12.

Green River Cannabis Company Inc.

After a positive recommendation from the Greenfield Planning Board, the Green River Cannabis Company Inc. will be going before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on its a zoning ordinance request.

Green River Cannabis Company Inc., at 398 Deerfield St., is currently Green Acres Bar and Grill, a restaurant that opened in March.

On Feb. 7, 2019, the Green River Cannabis Company host agreement was executed.

Owner of the current space, Constant Pholek, of Attleboro, Ezra Parzbok and Mark Jarvis of Greenglove Cannabis Business Consulting came before the Planning Board on Thursday, July 11 for a public hearing.

Parzbok said some of the major changes include increasing compliance with the American with Disabilities Act by adding a ramp, plus a fenced-in area for deliveries.

The proposed plan has 1,200 square feet of retail area, restrooms for employees, an office area and secure area and vault for cannabis.

“We have spoken to Police Chief Robert Haigh. He’s looked over our emergency response, everything to do with security cameras, keypad access, secure vault – certain employees would have access to the vault etc. – and we’re working with American Alarm and they have done security with cannabis industries in Massachusetts, so they’re the most established in the business and we’re using them,” Parzbok said.

There would be a freshly paved parking lot added with lined spaces.

Parzbok said there would not be the same parking or traffic issues NETA, the recreational marijuana facility in Northampton, had when it opened as the first in the state.

“That’s very unique. We have about 12 to 14 facilities operating now. The Institute of Traffic Engineers now has a category for marijuana dispensaries,” Parzbok said. “The average is about 25 trips per hours or 250 trips a day.”

He added that Dunkin Donuts has a higher traffic rate of 50 trips an hour with a peak of 100 in the morning.

“I always remind people that commuters get their Dunkin Donuts every day, they go to the liquor store once a week and the cannabis store once a month,” Parzbok said.

They estimated the store’s hours would be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., if approved.

He said what is unique about their establishment is that the owner is an attorney and both Parzbok and Jarvis have equity in the space.

“We are personally invested in this project to make it 100 percent compliant,” Parzbok said. “That we’re adhering to all the state and local regulations and that is our expertise.”

Considering the average time it takes to go through a state process, Parzbok estimated it will take the group a year to open.

Following the presentation, the Planning Board had a discussion about lighting and parking, then unanimously approved a positive recommendation to the Zoning Board.

Herbology

On Aug. 8, 2018, the town executed a community host agreement with Herbology Group Inc., a Massachusetts company, for a registered retail and medical marijuana dispensary at 8 Woodard Road, near the rotary and Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Jane Hawman and Michael Duku are listed as executives, according to the Cannabis Control Commission.

Its proposed hours would be Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Herbology Group was recommended for provisional licensure by the Cannabis Control Commission in January and it received a letter of non-opposition from the city.

In the provisional license from the Cannabis Control Commission, the applicant states that it can be operational within seven months.

According to Twarog, the group plans on building a new facility where there is currently a single-family house.

ToroVerde II Inc.

On Dec. 19, 2018, ToroVerde II Inc., based out of Northampton, was granted a host agreement for a retail marijuana facility at 51 Davis St.

The business concluded the local process and is waiting for provisional license approval through the Cannabis Control Commission, according to Attorney Richard Evans, who represents ToroVerde.

The current building would to be renovated before the facility can be opened.

“It would need interior work; the structure is in good shape,” said Evans. “We are eager to be part of the established businesses and earn the trust and respect of Greenfield residents.”

15 Arch LLC

On Dec. 30, 2018, the town executed a community host agreement with 15 Arch LLC, for a recreational marijuana cultivation facility at 15 Arch St.

The licensee listed on the host agreement is John Hadden, of Bedford.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.




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