7th Pot Business OK’d in Fitchburg
FITCHBURG -- The Planning Board awarded a special permit to a medical marijuana cultivator Tuesday, bringing the number of marijuana establishments the city has approved to seven, said Principal Planner Mike O’Hara.
Native Sun Wellness, which has proposed a cultivation operation at 140 Industrial Road, is the latest of the medical or recreational establishments the board has approved.
Two other marijuana businesses that want to set up in Fitchburg were on the board’s Tuesday agenda, but will have their public hearings continued to the Jan. 8 meeting.
Patient-Caregiver Connection, which wants to set up a retail establishment at 373 Lunenburg St., is still looking at options for parking, O’Hara said.
The site doesn’t have a lot of space for parking, he said. The applicant thought about leasing spots nearby in Lunenburg, he said, but the town’s bylaws don’t allow for parking that isn’t within town limits.
O’Hara said other options, like whether the shop should only take appointments, will be explored.
A retail shop for recreational marijuana called Green Era has been proposed at 377 John Fitch Highway. That business had a public hearing, but the applicant asked to have it postponed until the Planning Board’s next meeting.
O’Hara said there are several cultivation or retail businesses in the pipeline.
“The next few months there will be applications continuously (before the board),” he said.
The city does not have a cap for the number of cultivation facilities, but it have a maximum of seven retail shops allowed.
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