Amherst could be getting a medical marijuana dispensary

22News details the proposed locations

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – 4 companies have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Amherst. 3 of them are within a tenth of a mile from UMass, and 1 would close a popular sports bar in town.

Each proposal is at a different point in the approval process when it comes to permits and zoning. Here’s what we know:

Nicholas Chavez of Amherst told 22News, “Of course it could be over saturated, but if its purposes are medicinal, and even if it’s recreational, it’s okay. I mean, how many pharmacies are there?”

Happy Valley Ventures Chairman Michael Reardon said they bought the property and will take over in September. If they win the license, they’re planning a state of the art dispensary. If not, it will be renovated into a better restaurant.

Rodger Cherewatti of Amherst said, “I’m going to really miss it, that’s for sure. A lot of people come, as far as I know, and I think it’s just a good place for kids and families to grow up with.”

GTI and Mass. Alternative Care have received special zoning permits. Mass Medicum and Happy Valley Ventures are still waiting for theirs. Hearings are scheduled in the next few weeks.

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