Acquisition of a vertically integrated license located on approximately 14 acres of land including: retail license, manufacturing license. We’re now applying for a 20,000sqft grow with room to scale to state max allowable of 100,000sqft, strategically located off of 2 major highways in a town bordering neighboring states, a ski mountain, and 5 colleges.
HISTORY OF CANNABIS LEGALIZATION IN MASSACHUSETTS
The 2016 ballot petition known as “Question 4” became Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016. It created General Laws Chapter 94G which governs the adult use of marijuana and creates the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”). Chapter 334 and G.L. c.94G was amended by Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 (also known as The 2017 Act). Under the Act, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), established regulations with input from the Cannabis Advisory Board, stakeholders, and the public.
According to The 2017 Act, Cannabis may be purchased at a state-licensed dispensary. Cannabis can be consumed on private property, but marijuana products cannot be smoked, eaten, or vaped in public. Furthermore, cannabis products cannot be smoked where tobacco smoking is prohibited.
The State of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) began accepting applications on April 1, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with no limit to the number of licenses. As of May 20, 2020 there are 9 license types available:
• RETAIL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY – open. Limited to 8 in Amherst, MA. 5 have been issued.
• MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURER – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• MARIJUANA CULTIVATOR – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• CRAFT MARIJUANA COOPERATIVE (type of marijuana cultivator license) – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• MARIJUANA TRANSPORTER – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• MARIJUANA RESEARCH FACILITY – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• LABORATORIES – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
• MICROBUSINESS ( A Microbusiness is a co-located Tier 1 Marijuana Cultivator, and/or Marijuana Product Manufacturer limited to purchase 2,000 pounds of marijuana from other Marijuana Establishments in one year. An applicant cannot have any stake in any other marijuana business in Massachusetts, and a majority of its executives must have been Massachusetts residents for no less than 12 months. ) – open and accepted on a rolling basis. No limit.
Based primarily on arrest rates, the Commission has designated 29 cities as areas of disproportionate impact. Cities with a population of more than 100,000 people, such as Springfield and Worcester, will be subdivided to reflect that only certain neighborhoods qualify as areas of disproportionate impact:
• FALL RIVER
• NEW BEDFORD
• NORTH ADAMS
• WEST SPRINGFIELD
*Asterisks notes that certain neighborhoods to be designated by the Commission. (Sources: Cannabis Control Commission, Mass.gov, Cannabiswire.com)
CANNABIS IN GREENFIELD
As of July, 2020, Greenfield has 4 retailer licenses available for acquisition by interested parties (limited to a total of 8 retailer licenses). All cannabis establishments are required to obtain a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Hours of operations cannot occur between 10:00PM and 7:00AM and cannot be located within a radius of 250 feet of pre-existing public or private school providing education in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12, measured in a straight line from the nearest point of the property line in question to the nearest point of the property line of the cannabis establishment). All applicants for Marijuana Establishments shall give 30 days prior written notice by certified mail to all preexisting House of Worships within three hundred (300) feet of the public meeting at which the Special Permit shall be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Cannabis Establishments shall provide the Greenfield Police Department, Building Inspector and the Special Permit Granting Authority with the names, phone numbers and email addresses of all management staff and keyholders to whom one can provide notice if there are operating problems associated with the establishment.
TO OBTAIN A SPECIAL PERMIT, AN APPLICANT MUST PROVE:
1. Proof that the application to the CCC has been deemed complete pursuant to 935 CMR 500.102;
3. Copies of all required licenses and permits issued to the applicant by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and any of its agencies for the Marijuana Establishment;
4. Evidence of the Applicant’s right to use the site of the Marijuana Establishment for the Marijuana Establishment, such as a deed, or lease;
5. If the Applicant is a business organization, a statement under oath disclosing all of its owners, shareholders, partners, members, managers, directors, officers, or other similarly-situated individuals and entities and their addresses. If any of the above are entities rather than persons, the Applicant must disclose the identity of the owners of such entities until the disclosure contains the names of individuals;
6. A certified list of all parties in interest entitled to notice of the hearing for the special permit application, taken from the most recent tax list of the City and certified by the City Assessor;
7. An approval letter from the Greenfield Chief of Police regarding the proposed security measures for the Marijuana Establishment, including lighting, fencing, gates and alarms, etc., to ensure the safety of persons and to protect the premises from theft.
THE SPECIAL PERMIT AUTHORITY WILL ISSUE A SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY AFTER FINDING THE FOLLOWING:
1. The Marijuana Establishment is designed to minimize any adverse visual or economic impacts on abutters and other parties in interest, as defined in M.G.L. c. 40A, §11;
2. The Marijuana Establishment demonstrates that it will meet all the permitting requirements of all applicable agencies within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will be in compliance with all applicable state laws and regulations;
3. The applicant met the General and Special Permit requirements. (Source: https://greenfield-ma.gov/files/Zoning_Ordinance.pdf)
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