Belchertown inks deal with second pot shop

  • A marijuana joint is rolled Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in San Francisco. AP FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 4/30/2019 11:40:06 PM

BELCHERTOWN — A second recreational marijuana dispensary is set to open in Belchertown following the town’s entry into a host community agreement with Springfield-based Kalyx LLC.

The store will be in the Family Dollar building at 125 North Main St.

The agreement comes less than two months after the town entered its first host community agreement with Stow-based Evergreen Strategies LLC. Evergreen is poised to open a recreational marijuana dispensary at 39 Federal St. — less than half-a-mile down the road from Kalyx’s North Main Street site.

The Kalyx dispensary could be open by early fall, said attorney Stephen Reilly of Kalyx, depending on how quickly the state’s Cannabis Control Commission completes the approval process. Reilly is also a part owner of the INSA recreational dispensary in Easthampton.

The Evergreen dispensary may also open this fall, Town Administrator Gary Brougham said in early April.

Belchertown was “pretty far ahead in terms of developing zoning law for adult use,” Reilly said on choosing the town as the dispensary’s location, “so that’s one of the first things that we take a look at.”

Reilly also cited Belchertown’s proximity to towns such as South Hadley and Ludlow, which have banned recreational marijuana dispensaries, as another appealing factor of the location.

Reilly said he believes the site to be “very capable” of handling potentially heavy traffic, adding that the increasing number of dispensaries opening throughout the state will likely mitigate traffic issues. He cited Greenfield as an example, where the city’s first marijuana dispensary, Patriot Care, opened in early April to “just a handful” of people in line, the Greenfield Recorder reported.

Following the host community agreement, Kalyx still needs to gain approval for a special permit and hold a community outreach meeting.

The dispensary will pay a 3-percent local sales tax and also contribute $20,000 to three different charities, Reilly said.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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