Two new pot businesses seeking permits in Holyoke

  • Holyoke City Hall. Photographed on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2020 11:31:24 PM
Modified: 1/12/2020 11:30:39 PM

HOLYOKE — The City Council’s Ordinance Committee is set to review applications for two new marijuana businesses in the city Tuesday night.

Councilors will review the special permit applications for Holyoke 420 LLC and Four Trees Holyoke LLC at a meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chamber. If approved by the committee, these applications will then move to the full City Council for a final vote.

Holyoke 420 LLC is looking to site a retail marijuana store at 380 Dwight St., and Four Trees Holyoke LLC is looking to build and operate a marijuana manufacturing and retail operation at 1 Cabot St.

According to Linda Vacon, Ward 5 councilor and chairwoman of the Ordinance Committee, the panel had previously given the green light to a special permit application for another business, Canna Provisions, for a retail marijuana space at 380 Dwight St.

Though it may appear to be the same address as Holyoke 420, Vacon said the two separate businesses applied with different addresses. Vacon said Holyoke 420’s application is for 380 Dwight St. Unit No. 3, and Canna Provisions’ state Cannabis Control Commission documents state their address is 380R Dwight St.

Ward 3 City Councilor and committee member David Bartley said the committee will hear from the applying business, various city departments, abutters and other members of the public at the meeting.

On Tuesday, the committee can either recommend the special permits to the full City Council, or it could table the applications until a future meeting, Vacon said. If the committee finds an application lacks a necessary permit from a city department, the board can either table it or move the request to the City Council while conditioning its final approval.

“In the past, these applications have been moved fairly quickly,” Vacon said. “I would say it’s more typical there would be two meetings on an application.”

Bartley said there are a series of standard conditions for a marijuana special permit the business would have to agree to. These include stipulations such as assurance that the business will always pay the commercial tax rate and agree to a hiring preference for local people and police.

Vacon said a business can apply to the state Cannabis Control Commission with a signed host community agreement and a special permit approved by the full City Council.

According to Vacon, the Ordinance Committee has recommended at least seven special permit applications for marijuana businesses to the City Council. These include Canna Provisions, High End Management on Winter Street, Buudda Brothers on Main Street, Life Essence Inc. on Canal Street, Analytic Labs on Appleton Street, EMB Natural Ventures on Middle Water Street and Boston Bud on Sargeant Street.

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