Greenfield closing in on marijuana dispensary

There is a 20-day period for the permit to be appealed

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin County has moved closer to having a medical marijuana dispensary. A medical marijuana dispensary is now expected to open in Greenfield sometime in the fall.

Thursday night, the Greenfield Zoning Board of Appeals voted to give Patriot Care Corporation a special permit to have a medical marijuana dispensary at the old American Legion building. The permit would allow the dispensary to be open seven days a week, from 9am until 7pm.

Starting Friday, there is a 20-day period for the permit to be appealed, and final approval on the plan must come from the State Department of Public Health.

Josh Lyman of Orange said, “I think it’s going to be a good thing. It really is going to bring money into the town, but it could also be a bad part, having everybody in the offices trying to fight it because they are going to think its causing problems. They’re going to think people getting high is going to cause wrecks driving and everything like that. But it’s really not going to be an issue.”

Patriot Care has agreed to purchase the American Legion Building for about $220,000, pending approval of the license.

Once open, the dispensary plans to serve about 643 patients in the first year, charging $375 per ounce. The marijuana would be cultivated in South Hadley.

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