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Temescal to Sell Recreational Marijuana Starting Tuesday

Temescal Wellness will start recreational sales of marijuana on Tuesday starting at 11 a.m. The company will be the first to sell recreational marijuana in the city and will be the second in the county. Temescal was granted its license to sell for adult use in December and is now expecting a big crowd on the first day.

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Berkshires' First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opens to Long Lines

At 10 a.m. cheers roared in the parking lot of Theory Wellness as staff held a signed reading "recreational cannabis, now open." At that point, there were about 100 people standing in the blistering cold waiting to get through the doors. It's been more than two years since voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts and Theory became the Berkshires first dispensary to sell the products, leading the way for an industry that has been bursting through the doors thr

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Two More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits

The owner of the former County Wide Rental building on Dalton Avenue is trying for a third time to get a marijuana business into the property. James Scalise of SK Design is representing Pittsfield Investment Group again in a pitch to receive permits for a marijuana business at 531 Dalton Avenue. The site was originally the first location permitted for a medical marijuana facility in 2014 but the plans fell through. In 2016, a new vendor looked at the space but that too went the same path.

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Berkshires First Recreational Marijuana Store Opens Friday

The county's first recreational marijuana retailer opens its doors on Friday. Theory Wellness will open for retail customers at 10 a.m. Friday. The company becomes the first to sell recreational in the Berkshires after being approved by the state's Cannabis Control Commission last month. "This is the beginning of a movement in the Berkshires," CEO Brandon Pollock said.

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Cheshire Hears From Possible Cannabis Cultivator

Francis Maguire, president and part owner of Stafford Green, told the Selectmen this week about himself, his business plan, and his request for a host community agreement.

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North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses

The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.

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Cheshire Power Outage Caused by Dump Truck Hitting Wires

Crane said the operator initially raised the truck to dump the material and as he pulled forward to empty the last bit from the truck, he hit the high-tension wire.

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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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