Leaf Joy holds outreach meeting on proposed cannabis dispensary in Gill

  • The former location of Green River Powersports at 1 Main Road in Gill near the Route 2 intersection is the proposed site for a new marijuana dispensary. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • The former location of Green River Powersports at 1 Main Road in Gill near the Route 2 intersection is the proposed site for a new marijuana dispensary. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 11/11/2021 4:31:33 PM

GILL — Leaf Joy LLC, a cannabis company looking to establish Gill’s first dispensary in the former Green River Powersports building, held a virtual community outreach meeting this week in hopes of building trust with the public and town officials.

The meeting began with a slideshow presentation that reviewed information presented to the Selectboard during a Sept. 27 hearing, including details regarding security at the 1 Main Road property, the store’s purpose and community benefits. After the presentation, there was a brief question-and-answer session.

As he had at the Selectboard meeting, attorney James McMahon, principal of McMahon Strategic Development, who represents Leaf Joy, centered his focus around communicating the non-obstructive nature of the potential facility. In particular, he assured those in attendance that there would be no noise, odor, dust, glare, fumes, vibration or heat issues. He added that moving into the building wouldn’t further detract from the surrounding scenery.

“This will not be a Walmart of cannabis. This will be a very small-scale operation,” McMahon said. “Only the Powersports building will be used. ... That’s really why this site was selected.”

He previously explained the facility would exist purely to sell recreational cannabis products. No medical cannabis products would be sold. All other cannabis-related processes, such as delivery, cultivation and manufacturing, would take place off-site. Additionally, no consumption of products would be permitted at 1 Main Road.

Including property acquisition and renovation costs, McMahon expects the project to cost around $1.5 million.

McMahon also emphasized his enthusiasm for collaborating with the town to preserve everyone’s best interests, noting the company’s commitment to work alongside the Police Department.

“We are looking forward to collaboration with the town of Gill law enforcement,” he said.

He also appealed to the community by emphasizing a desire to put Gill residents first. As he’d expressed at the Selectboard meeting, McMahon said Leaf Joy would prioritize hiring Gill residents. Leaf Joy hopes to employ roughly 25 to 30 individuals.

“We want people to come in and see their neighbors behind the counter,” he said, “see a friendly face and see someone they know.”

Next steps for Leaf Joy include getting the town’s approval of a special permit and site plan review; executing a host community agreement with the Selectboard; and finally, the state application, inspection and approval process through the Cannabis Control Commission. McMahon previously said PGM Property Management hopes to receive town approval by the end of 2021 and state approval by spring 2022, with a goal of completing the renovations and opening by summer 2022.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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