SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - The South Hadley Planning Board heard from town residents, business owners and the people who want to run a
medical marijuana production facility.
Every seat was filled for Monday night’s Planning Board meeting.
The South Hadley Planning Board will decide what needs to be done to the abandoned Intelicoat building at Gaylord Street, so that it might become licensed to produce medical marijuana. Two non-profits, Patriot Care and Baystate Compassionate Care, want to run a growing and processing facility that would ship prescriptions to dispensaries elsewhere.
Town Administrator Michael Sullivan told 22News these production facilities in other states have actually made neighborhoods safer because they’re more lit and under increased surveillance. The state reviewed a security plan for the site, and the town planning board can regulate shipment details and limit signage.
“The production part is so highly regulated and so secure it’s not as if we’d have an open farm somewhere here in town, that it is a completely enclosed structure,” Sullivan said.
He also said it would also be good for South Hadley’s economy.
“Personal property taxes, 30 new jobs that will add to the economy in South Hadley,” Sullivan said. “Opportunity for local tradesmen to engage in renovations, local businesses that surround it.”
Bringing a marijuana production facility could also mean big business for South Hadley Electric: the equivalent of 2000 new homes in the community.
Sullivan said at other sites they’ve studied, lozenges and topical creams are the main products.
The Department of Public Health hopes to award as many as 35 licenses by the end of the week.