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.