TYNGSBORO -- The Board of Selectmen last Monday voted to enter into negotiations for host community agreements with two marijuana companies to conduct business in Tyngsboro.
The companies, Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts and Royalty Group, LLC, were chosen after officials were presented with a recommendation from the Adult Use of Marijuana Subcommittee. Over the past few months, this subcommittee of the Planning Board met to research and form a recommendation for the companies they felt would be the best fit for the town.
Each company’s proposal to the town, as provided to The Sun by Town Administrator Matt Hanson, shed some light into the owners’ objectives. Royalty Group hopes to base its operations out of Tyngsboro by establishing two cultivation facilities, one manufacturing and processing facility, one retail marijuana establishment, and one hemp farm. The company said it is dedicated to “educating consumers on how to safely use cannabis as well as educating kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol until they are at least 21 years of age.”
According to its proposal to the town, Nature’s Remedy plans to open a Tyngsboro dispensary “for recreational only sales on day 1 and continue to operate as such in the future.” The company said it has no plans to cultivate or manufacture in the town. Nature’s Remedy said it prioritizes public awareness, outreach, and education for responsible use and has created “Nature’s Classroom,” a free online portal with an abundance of objective cannabis educational material as well as safety information.
Selectmen Chair Rick Reault, who chaired the adult use of marijuana subcommittee, said the group put a lot of work into interviewing and reviewing the business applications. There was a lot they wanted to know about, including: the business’ financial statements, if they were proposing a growing facility in Tyngsboro which would also generate revenue, and what their commitment to community service is.
“I respect the vote of the townspeople that ultimately there were two sides. This whole process, to me, was trying to be fair and considerate to both sides of the debate of whether you should even have this in your town,” Reault said last week. “I was very conscious that there were two sides and I wanted both sides to be heard, and so we took our time. We asked a lot of questions. The committee was a strong committee.”
Assistant Town Administrator Justin Sultzbach last week said that, when the Board of Selectmen voted to enter into negotiations for a host agreement, it didn’t necessarily activate any type of set host agreement.
“That’s something that we’re figuring out and working with legal counsel and working with the state, just to make sure that we cross the T’s and dot the I’s,” Sultzbach said.
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