Ludlow postpones vote on medical pot facility in town

Happy Valley Ventures wants to put a cultivation facility on Westover Road

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LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Ludlow had to postpone Tuesday night’s vote on a medical marijuana cultivation center in town. The Board of Selectmen was set to vote on approving the center, but the Ludlow Fire Department said the number of people at the meeting exceeded building code.

A meeting to discuss the town’s possible facility is now scheduled for May 31st at Ludlow High School at 6:00 p.m.

Happy Valley Ventures has applied for a marijuana growing facility at the Horizon Building on Westover Road. The cultivation facility is contingent on an agreement between Happy Valley Ventures and the town’s Board of Selectmen.

“Anything we can do to expand that resource to the people that need it is great,” says Mary Domenichelli, a former Ludlow resident.

The Ludlow Board of Selectmen has already voted on the proposal twice, but those votes were vacated because of procedural questions. Happy Valley Ventures will make a full presentation before the 3rd vote.

“I don’t know if there’s going to be a dispensary in this town, but it’s coming, it’s going to happen, deal with it,” said Ludlow resident Tim Romansky.

22News asked the Board of Selectmen where this medical marijuana would then go, and also if there’s a possibility of opening a dispensary here in Ludlow. Chairman of the Board Brian Mannix told 22News, “Happy Valley, to the best of my knowledge at this time, has 3 sites out of this area that they would take it to and sell it.”

There would not be a dispensary in Ludlow.

Some residents have expressed concern about safety and possible increased expenses for the town. If the town says “yes” to the cultivation facility, it will still require approval from the state.

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