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.
Saturday's 10 a.m. community outreach session at the Williams Inn will concern the proposal for a recreational marijuana facility, although Silver fielded questions on his plan for the non-medical retail trade in the run-up to January's vote of non-opposition by the Select Board.
Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year.
Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.
At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.
The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.
Silver, the founder and CEO of Silver Therapeutics, brought several members of his team to Town Hall to explain how he hopes to establish an indoor cultivation facility in the Franklin County town of Orange and a dispensary at the other end of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) in the Village Beautiful.
McKinnon specifically focused on it being used as harm reduction to help people curb opioid addiction when she spoke at the Berkshire Atheneum last week. Canna Cares is partnering with Berkshire Roots, a medical marijuana cultivator and distributor, set to open on Dalton Avenue later this year or early 2018. The two put on a forum to explain what they do.
The Board of Selectmen are wondering if it should support an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in town, knowing that a successful applicant would have an advantage gaining a license for recreational sales down the road.
The bulk of Monday's board workshop focused on where a medical marijuana retail facility could be located, however, with no consensus, the members agreed to look at a draft bylaw and come to compromise at a future meeting.
The Selectmen are debating whether to begin the process of crafting a medical marijuana zoning bylaws.
With the likelihood of the state adopting recreational marijuana regulations, Town Administrator Mark Webber asked the board on Tuesday if officials would be interested in creating a bylaw.
The town administrator is advocating for a less restrictive medical medical marijuana bylaw than the Planning Board is considering.
Planners last week discussed possibly locking any pot dispensaries out of the downtown.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday to provide Mission Massachusetts' general manager Cory Robinson with the letter that allows Mission to move further along in the state application process to sell medical marijuana.
Attached to the letter is a host community agreement that promises Adams 3 percent of all revenues if the dispensary opens.
The Planning Board is asking for a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen and the chief of police to discuss how the town should move forward with a medical marijuana bylaw.
The Selectmen have been exploring the issue since last summer, and with the passage of another ballot measure last November that legalizes the drug, want to get something on the books as soon as possible.
Construction is on pace for what could be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county.
Khem Organics has started renovations on a building on Dalton Avenue, which currently houses Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and used to house the Salvation Army store. All three businesses are vacating the facility to make way for the dispensary.
Manna Wellness was granted a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday to operate a medical marijuana facility, despite protest from a resident who lives nearby.
Julia Germaine of Manna Wellness said the company is looking to build a 3,200 square-foot facility on undeveloped land in the Cloverdale Business Park. The site is located next to Dollar General on outer West Housatonic Street and Ice River Springs.