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Cheshire Cultivates Host Agreement with Marijuana Facility

A new marijuana-growing and selling facility is looking to set up shop. Representatives of Mass Yield Cultivation, which already has a facility in Pittsfield, met with the Select Board on Tuesday to hammer out mostly minor quibbles with the town's Host Community Agreement.

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Great Barrington Impact Fund Open for Applications

For the 2022 fiscal year, the town has earmarked $350,000 for distribution among qualifying organizations, individuals, town committees and town departments seeking support for community benefit projects.

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Williamstown Town Meeting: Yes, You Cannabis

After passing two amendments to address concerns raised by critics, town meeting Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bylaw amendment that establishes new rules for cannabis cultivation in the town.

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Adams Planners Amend Pot Bylaws to Allow Industrial Park Cultivation

Although there was some hesitancy among board members last Monday, the board ultimately made way for the new use in areas zoned IP with a special permit.

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Letter: Cannabis Cultivation in Williamstown

After a year of consultation, public forum, debate, site visits and research the Planning Board is proposing changes to the current bylaws that would restrict where and how cannabis can be grown.

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Proposed Pittsfield Pot Dispensary Submitting State Application

Cannabis cultivator and retailer True East Leaf says it is "very close" to submitting its state application to open a facility at the former Richmond Bakery on Seymour Street.

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Williamstown Planning Board Agrees to Minor Change to Cannabis Bylaw Proposal

The board has proposed four zoning changes to June's annual town meeting, where each will need a two-thirds majority vote for passage.

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Williamstown to Ask Voters' Guidance on Compensation for Town Committees

On what promises to be the most controversial issue up for discussion, the board broke with the Planning Board, voting 4-1 against recommendation of the cannabis cultivation bylaw that the planners focused on for the past year.

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Adams Planners Approve Marijuana Cultivator Plans

The Planning Board approved marijuana cultivators LC Square's site plan for Howland Avenue.

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Adams to Amend Marijuana Bylaws

During a workshop meeting Wednesday, the Selectmen agreed to begin the process of amending the town's marijuana bylaws to accommodate unallowed uses in the park.

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Williamstown Planning Board Advances Cannabis Bylaw for Inclusion on Town Meeting Warrant

But first Chair Stephanie Boyd reviewed the steps the board took to gather input and generate consensus around the marijuana issue, which generated angst, confusion and, ultimately, no action at the 2020 annual town meeting.

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Burke's Construction Eyed for Marijuana Retail, Cultivation

Burke's Construction, at 6 Renfrew St., is zoned IP, or Industrial Park. Purkayastha, who has partnered with property owner John Burke, said they would like to use the property for industrial use.

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North Adams Approves Third Cannabis Shop But Licenses Lacking

The proprietors of Spencer House LLC said they were aware of the limit on licenses but told the Planning Board they were hoping the city's marijuana retail ordinance could be amended.

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Williamstown Board of Health: No Recommendation on Cannabis Bylaw

The Board of Health on Monday decided not to make any recommendations on a draft bylaw the Planning Board is developing to regulate cannabis production in town.

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Pittsfield Council Votes to Ban Outdoor Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

On Tuesday, a motion to ordain a ban of large-scale, outdoor pot growing in all zoning districts of Pittsfield passed 10-1 with Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey voting in opposition.

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Williamstown Planners Aim to Finish Cannabis Bylaw Proposal Next Month

But the conversation brought to mind a date seven days earlier as the board and the public relived many of the same arguments that have dominated the body's discussion for months as it hashes out a new zoning bylaw to regulate the production of cannabis.

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Williamstown Planning Board Told to Cap Size of Cannabis Grows

The board reviewed the most up-to-date proposal for a bylaw amendment it has been considering formally since September and, in reality, for much longer than that. The board is hoping not to repeat last year's failed attempt to implement restrictions on pot production but still allow a pathway for growers via special permit.

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Adams to Release Memorial Building RFP Again

The town will soon release another request for proposals for the Memorial Building and looks toward possible future use during the pandemic.

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ZBA Approves Permit for Berkshire Root Cultivation Facility

The Zoning Board of Appeals last Wednesday approved a special permit from KO Resources LLC to allow the construction of a two-story, 100,000 square foot marijuana cultivation facility at the former site of Ken's Bowl with conditions on the approval adopted from the recommendations of a third-party review.

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Williamstown Planners Told to Focus on 'Micro' Model for Pot Bylaw

The Planning Board, which drafted one of the proposals on table at the annual town meeting, has spent most of its fiscal 2021 deliberations focused on developing a bylaw amendment that will pass muster in May.

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Questions Linger in Wake of Williamstown Cannabis Panel Discussion

But on one question, the board heard somewhat mixed messages: Can the bylaw limit production in a zone to "outdoor growing" and still allow greenhouses or hoop houses to let farmers get their plants started in the late winter and early spring?

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Williamstown Planning Board Hosts Wednesday Panel Discussion on Cannabis

As part of the board's yearlong effort to develop a zoning bylaw amendment that might pass at this spring's annual town meeting, it has scheduled a virtual event titled "Marijuana Cultivation: Issues and Opportunities," for 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

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Williamstown Planners Developing Plan to Link Pot Grow Area to Setbacks

The Planning Board last week began filling in some of the blanks in a new cannabis production bylaw it hopes to send to town meeting in the spring. And it agreed to try to set up a panel discussion with outside experts for early December.

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Pittsfield Board Approves Site Plan For Cannabis Cultivation Facility

Berkshire Root's two-story, 100,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility got the OK from the Community Development Board but the next day the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to postpone its decision until November.

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