169 Meadow St RMD site for GTI
Last night the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a Special Permit to establish and operate an Off-Site Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 169 Meadow Street, North Amherst by GTI Massachusetts NP Corporation, the second such permit issued over the past four weeks.
Attorney Tom Reidy presents to ZBA last night
But, in all likelihood, the last such permit to be issued over the foreseeable future.
55 University Drive location received a Special Permit on June 30th
ZBA Chair Mark Parent made it perfectly clear that he considers two dispensaries in Amherst (and the one already operating in Northampton) more than enough to satisfy local demand over the next five years, saying "I don't see anything beyond two in Amherst. I cannot image giving a 3rd permit for a dispensary given the numbers I've seen."
A Special Permit requires a unanimous vote off all three ZBA members.
Seated in the audience UMass community liaisons Tony Maroulis and Eric Beal seemed relieved to hear the ZBA Chair's candid remarks about maintaining a cap of only two dispensaries in Amherst, thus leaving out in the cold two remaining non-profits who have applied for locations on University Drive, the main gateway to UMass Amherst.
85 University Drive was the first to get Select Board approval but has not yet appeared before ZBA
Mr. Parent also made it perfectly clear the Special Permit was for medical use of marijuana, NOT recreational use.
So if the recreational pot legalization ballot question passes on November 8th any dispensary in Amherst already issued a Special Permit would need to come back to the ZBA for a change in conditions.
Rafters, a local landmark for 25 years, is a proposed site for Happy Valley Ventures, the 4th entity to get Select Board approval but has not yet appeared before ZBA
Letter from Select Board read into public record last night:
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