Medical marijuana dispensary aims for 2020 opening in Northampton

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Staff Writer
Published: 11/22/2019 11:51:27 AM
Modified: 11/22/2019 11:51:15 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Another medical marijuana dispensary is getting closer to opening in the city, with Trulieve planning to be up and running at 216 North King St. next year. 

“We’re committed to opening a Northampton location in 2020,” said Camilo Basto, director of business development for Trulieve. “However, our focus right now is completing the large cultivation and processing facility in Holyoke.”

Trulieve is working on the facility at 56 Canal St. in Holyoke, which is also expected to open in 2020, according to Basto.  Its planned dispensary would be near the intersection of North King and Hatfield streets in Northampton. 

The business went before both the Northampton planning and zoning board of appeals late last month, and it got the necessary permits, said Carolyn Misch, the city’s senior planner and permit manager.

With 35 stores in Florida, Trulieve is “the dominant player” in that state Basto said. The company also has stores in California and Connecticut. 

Under the name Life Essence, the business signed a host community agreement with Northampton last October. Since then, Trulieve became the parent company of Life Essence, Basto said. The agreement includes a $10,000 donation to a nonprofit for marijuana education and prevention programs, a typical clause in the city’s agreements with marijuana retailers. 

Trulieve is awaiting approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission. “My understanding is that we have submitted all the paperwork and are waiting for the CCC,” Basto said.

Northampton has signed host community agreements with 14 medical and adult-use marijuana retailers and six product manufacturers to date.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com. 




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