If all four proposed Medical Marijuana facilities blossom in Amherst the "host community agreements" could result in $250,000 in annual payments to the town coffers.
Enough to hire additional Public Safety personnel that are badly needed now, even without any problems the facilities could bring.
But based on Northampton's experience to date, problems should not be an issue.
So far three of the proposed projects have garnered Select Board approval although the 4th has yet to appear on the agenda. And that is the one that could have a negative impact on iconic sports bar Rafters.
Rafters Restaurant & Sports Bar 422 Amity Street
Our Select Board is weighing its options as to whether they can deny a Letter of Support simply based on number of facilities (three) already approved.
If so the new owner of Rafters property may have a long wait for a return on his $2 million investment.