Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Holyoke

City council approved the proposal Tuesday night

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It could soon be easier for Hampden County residents to get medical marijuana.

GTI Massachusetts could soon open a medical marijuana dispensary in Holyoke, after the city council approved special permits for the proposal Tuesday night.

The dispensary would be built at 28 Appleton Street, as a combined cultivation facility and dispensary.

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The city council unanimously approved the special permit at a meeting Tuesday, allowing the company to open the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

The permit, however, does include several conditions.

GTI won’t be allowed to put exterior signs on the property, unless the sign is required by the Public Health Department, or zoning rules. The permit also only allows the company to grow and sell medical marijuana, which means they won’t be able to sell recreational marijuana once retail pot shops open next year. GTI will also be required to donate $15,000 dollars a year to non-profit organizations in parts of the city.

The CEO of GTI Massachusetts told 22News the facility will initially create 30 to 35 jobs during their first year, and up to 100 jobs by their third year of operation.

This will be the first medical marijuana dispensary in Holyoke, but it won’t be GTI’s only project in western Massachusetts. Palmer’s town council also approved permits for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary with the company back in September.