Belchertown inks deal with second pot shop


Published: four/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 neighborhood agreement with Springfield-primarily based Kalyx LLC.

The shop will be in the Loved ones Dollar constructing at 125 North Major St.

The agreement comes significantly less than two months following the town entered its 1st host neighborhood agreement with Stow-primarily based Evergreen Methods LLC. Evergreen is poised to open a recreational marijuana dispensary at 39 Federal St. — significantly less than half-a-mile down the road from Kalyx’s North Major Street website.

The Kalyx dispensary could be open by early fall, mentioned lawyer Stephen Reilly of Kalyx, based on how promptly the state’s Cannabis Manage Commission completes the approval approach. Reilly is also a aspect owner of the INSA recreational dispensary in Easthampton.

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

Belchertown was “pretty far ahead in terms of building zoning law for adult use,” Reilly mentioned on picking out the town as the dispensary’s place, “so that is 1 of the 1st issues that we take a appear at.”

Reilly also cited Belchertown’s proximity to towns such as South Hadley and Ludlow, which have banned recreational marijuana dispensaries, as a further attractive element of the place.

Reilly mentioned he believes the website to be “very capable” of handling potentially heavy site visitors, adding that the rising quantity of dispensaries opening all through the state will most likely mitigate site visitors concerns. He cited Greenfield as an instance, exactly where the city’s 1st marijuana dispensary, Patriot Care, opened in early April to “just a handful” of men and women in line, the Greenfield Recorder reported.

Following the host neighborhood agreement, Kalyx nonetheless wants to acquire approval for a unique permit and hold a neighborhood outreach meeting.

The dispensary will spend a three-% regional sales tax and also contribute $20,000 to 3 various charities, Reilly mentioned.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at [email protected]


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