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Marijuana Approved For Former KFC In Pittsfield

A lot has changed in two years. Nearly two years ago to the date the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for a medical marijuana facility at the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street because it was detrimental to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, the ZBA approved an even bigger recreational marijuana facility on the same location

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Marijuana Businesses Eyed For Former KFC — Again

The former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street is yet again eyed to be a marijuana facility. Just two years ago the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for Happy Valley Compassion Center to operate a medical marijuana facility at the vacant restaurant. Now, Heka Health is proposing to use that and the neighboring Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary.

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Pittsfield ZBA Says No to Downtown Cannabis Shop

he ZBA doesn't want marijuana shops downtown. "What I am seeing is that the board tends to not want a presence downtown," said Chairman Albert Ingegni moments after the board voted to deny a permit for a retail shop in a currently vacant storefront on Bank Row.

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Marijuana Cultivator Looking to Operate in Adams

Art Babayan of Natick, principal of LC Square LLC, told the Selectmen last week of his plans to establish a marijuana cultivation facility at 173 Howland Ave.

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Marijuana Cultivators Eye Adams

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said representatives from LC Squared will meet with the board in the near future to discuss developing a grow facility at 173 Howland Ave.

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Cheshire to Explore Fixing Pricey Road Grader

Crane asked the selectmen in March if they would consider purchasing a new grader, however, the board took pause because a new grader would likely cost over $325,000.

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Three More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits

Three more marijuana companies are working their way through the local permitting process. Temescal Wellness, Bloom Brothers, and David Graziani all received approvals from the Community Development Board Tuesday night - though the first was more of an update to a previously approved medical marijuana facility to become recreational and the third requires a secondary approval.

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Lanesborough Looks Toward Upgrading Police Cruiser Fleet

Police Chief Timothy Sorrell is willing to shrink the size of the cruiser fleet, as long as newer vehicles are purchased. Sorrell has pitched the Board of Selectmen a concept of eliminating two cruisers in exchange for purchasing newer versions. Overall, the department would reduce from six cruisers to four - but the four would be newer.

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Second Marijuana Company Considering Lanesborough

A second marijuana company is considering opening in Lanesborough. Barry Coleman and Benjamin English met with the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night and said they're looking for about a 20,000 square-foot establishment to grow cannabis. In the future, they'd like to expand into a retail operation as well.

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Marijuana Greenhouses Eyed For Lanesborough's Gray Raven Farm

A developer is looking to build 18 greenhouses on Gray Raven Farm for marijuana cultivators to lease. Rob Wolf, a managing member of New England Agriculture Technologies, presented a plan to the Board of Selectmen on Monday to build the greenhouses up to state regulations for cannabis cultivation, surround them with a solar field, and then lease the spaces to commercial growers.

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Clarksburg Sees Reduction in Proposed Fiscal 2019 Budget

The spending proposal for fiscal 2019 is $4,210,846. That's down from $4,327,247 this year, or a $116,401 difference. Based on projected revenues, next year's budget should be $600 to the good.

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Developers Back Out of Proposed Marijuana Facility in Cheshire

The town received a letter from Ben Girard of Royal Property Group, owner of the 750 South State Road property, who wrote that the project has become financially unfeasible.

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Five More Marijuana Business Seek Permits to Open In Pittsfield

The floodgates have opened. With two months before commercial, recreational marijuana sales are legal in Massachusetts, businesses are getting in line to open shop. On Tuesday, five new businesses received the first local permitting hurdle as they seek to open marijuana facilities.

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CANCELED: North Adams Cannabis Applicant Holding Community Meeting Friday

EWP LLC is looking to establish a cultivation location at 420 Curran Highway. The company is holding a community meeting on Friday, April 27, at noon in the Berkshire Room at the Holiday Inn on Main Street.

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Marijuana Company Sees North Adams Ripe for Growth

Operating as Valley Green Grow Inc., the company has filed with the state to operate a dispensary and a cultivation location. The dispensary would be located at 1499 South State St., a small brick house that's found itself surrounded by commercial properties, with Cumberland Farms to its north and Hardman Industrial Park to the south.

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North Adams Council Sets Clerk Committee, OKs Fund Transfers

An ad hoc committee appointed by City Council President Keith Bona will be reviewing operations at the city clerk's office because of the coming retirement of City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau.

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Pittsfield Finalizes Local Marijuana Ordinance

When Christopher Swindlehurst and Crispina Ffrench first saw the former Notre Dame Church on Melville Street, they loved it. That was back in 2012. They turned it into a maker's space. It has a commercial kitchen. It is a screen shop. It has a sewing lab. And artisans and small businesses used it to make their goods. But Swindlehurst said the couple doesn't have the resources it needs to provide the upkeep it needs.

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Vacant Country Charm Property Eyed For Retail Marijuana

The owners of the long-vacant restaurant have found a new possible use for the property: A retail marijuana facility.

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Pittsfield Council Looks to Loosen Proposed Marijuana Regulations

The City Council looks to lessen the restrictions on commercial marijuana facilities. The city's Department of Community Development has proposed zoning guidelines to guide the siting of recreational marijuana enterprises.

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North Adams Approves Marijuana Ordinances

The process took over an hour as the council tried but somewhat failed to stay out the "quagmire" as it again debated amendments of amendments and briefly mulled reopening the lengthy full ordinance passed two weeks ago to consider medical marijuana.

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North Adams Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance

The ordinance has been in the works since January, when Mayor Thomas Bernard in one his first acts in office formed a working group to fast track an ordinance on retail marijuana before the state begins accepting applications in April.

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North Adams Marijuana Ordinance Takes Another Step Forward

The Planning Board on Monday voted to recommend back to the City Council the proposed marijuana ordinance along with changes advised by the Public Safety Committee.

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Adams Special Town Meeting Passes Marijuana Bylaw

Although the meeting was delayed for over a half-hour Monday because of a lack of quorum, the show went on and the special town meeting warrant in its entirety was speedily passed.

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Adams Special Town Meeting Set Monday

Article 1 will ask town meeting to amend the town's general bylaws by inserting a new chapter that is in step with the Municipal Modernization Act.

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Cheshire Ready to Move on Marijuana Bylaw

Late last year, the town set a moratorium on marijuana facility applications giving it time to craft a bylaw that would be appropriate for Cheshire.

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