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Idea Pitched For THC-infused Chocolate Manufacturing at Mall

A Brooklyn chocolatier is considering purchasing one of the mall's anchor stores to manufacturer marijuana-infused chocolate products. Lev Kelman and Lori Denman pitched the concept to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. Kelman said he's been in talks with mall ownership to either lease a large space like the vacant J.C. Penny location or lease a smaller space, in the former Garden Grill space.

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Williamstown Voters May Be Asked to Consider Cap on Pot Shops

Williamstown, where 61 percent of voters in 2016 voted in favor of a statewide referendum to decriminalize pot, currently has a retail store in the final phases of obtaining a green light from state regulators and another potential store beginning the approval process.

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Community Forum: Weed is Here. Now What?

Community leaders representing law enforcement, youth services, local government and the drug treatment community will discuss the changing landscape of marijuana's place in Southern Berkshire County with an extended question-and-answer period from the audience.

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Marijuana Farm Petition to March Meeting

The board did not, however, take up a more contentious issue: the application for a special permit to grow marijuana on a Blair Road property.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Marijuana Farm

The Conservation Commission on Thursday approved plans for an outdoor marijuana plantation near the Green River. But one member of the panel abstained from the decision, citing a potential conflict between the production and sale of the drug and federal law.

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Williamstown Panels to Review Proposed Pot Planter

Ryan Wimpee, the attorney for Colorado-based Euflora Cannabis Dispensaries, has applied for permission to start an outdoor cannabis farm on 20 acres at 295 Blair Road, a property known as River Rock Farm and owned by Eric Reinhard.

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Pittsfield FinCom Supports Pot Tax For Roads, Disagree on Details

It may not be the marijuana tax. It may not be 50 percent. It may not even be a stabilization account. But the City Council's Finance Committee agrees on developing a funding mechanism for road maintenance in the future. The conversation came from a petition put forth by Councilor Christopher Connell and Melissa Mazzeo. The two pitched the idea of taking 50 percent of the local tax the city receives from marijuana sales and stashing it aside in a stabilization account specifically for road wo

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Pittsfield Councilors Ask That Marijuana Tax Go to Roads

Should the city set aside half of the income from local marijuana tax to fix the roads? That's what City Councilors Melissa Mazzeo and Christopher Connell suggest. The pair put forth a petition to designated 50 percent of the marijuana tax into a stabilization account to repair roads.

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Pittsfield ZBA Approves Permit for West Street Cannabis Shop

A proposed cannabis retailer received the local permits needed for a West Street location. Devin Bajardi and Mark Penna are planning to open Pure Botanicals inside the existing building at 239 West Street. The plan is to use 7,000 square feet in the rear of the industrial building for the discrete location of the retail shop. The plan estimates for nine total employees and limited alterations to the property.

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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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