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Hadley Select Board chooses second marijuana retailer for town

  • A marijuana leaf  AP PHOTO/RICHARD VOGEL

Staff Writer
Published: 4/2/2020 9:38:02 PM
Modified: 4/2/2020 9:37:51 PM

HADLEY — A marijuana retailer that would be located at the Hampshire Mall has been selected as the second and final cannabis purveyor for the town.

The Select Board Wednesday voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with Hadleaf Holistic Greens Dispensing LLC, of Vernon, Connecticut, to bring its business to a storefront inside the mall near JC Penney and Planet Fitness.

Hadleaf was chosen over the only other company that responded to a “request for quotation,” Mint Retail Facilities LLC of Phoenix, Arizona, which was looking at converting the Midas repair shop at 397 Russell St.

Board member Joyce Chunglo said she appreciates the security the mall offers, though would like to see Hadleaf have an exterior entrance.

The concern for board member David J. Fill II about the mall location is that its presence might make it less desirable for families and children to hang out in the mall, and like Chunglo he would prefer to see an exterior-only entrance.  Board member John Waskiewicz, too, advocated for an exterior entrance.

Lynn Gray, general manager of the mall, said her preference is for an interior access point, noting the benefit the climate controlled interior has for patrons, and that a code of conduct applies to people who visit the mall. That code of conduct should deter any problems the marijuana shop could cause.

Town Meeting put the two adult-use marijuana retailer cap in place in October 2018.

The first company that has local permission to sell both recreational and medicinal marijuana is The Heirloom Collective. Located at 457 Russell St., near the Amherst town line, inside a renovated former Sunoco gas station, that business has not yet opened for sales.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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