EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden Care Facility Inc. just got Easthampton’s approval for a 27,000 square foot medical marijuana grow operation and retail store. The plan is to redevelop a section of an old mill building next to the Eastworks Mill on Pleasant Street.
The dispensaries front door will be in back of the building, but just a few feet away from a playground and the Manhan Rail Trail.
Pam of Easthampton said, “It’s good for medical reasons. For other purposes, it’s not good because there are so many kids out here. It gets into the wrong hands and then the cops are out here.”
The Easthampton dispensary, which still needs state approval and licensing, will compete with the New England Treatment Access dispensary in Northampton. They told 22News there’s plenty of demand.
Patrick Gottschlicht, the Project Coordinator of Hampden Care Facility Inc., said, “If you look at the state projected numbers, it’s 2% of the population. If you base it on that. I think there is. Giving the patients more access I think is definitely important.”
Medical marijuana is a growing industry in Massachusetts. Currently, there are six dispensaries open. The law allows for up to 35. Voters could also see a ballot question in November asking them if marijuana should be legal for recreational use.
John Casey of Southampton said, “It’s just the beginning. The medical marijuana sales end up as recreational marijuana sales from what I’ve been reading. Do you think this neighborhood needs that? I don’t.”
Security at the facility will be tight. 24 hours high definition video surveillance and security.
HCF told 22News their looking for two other places to sell their medical marijuana, but are no longer interested in Hadley or Amherst. Their Easthampton dispensary will create 50 new jobs.