Recreational Pot Shop Waits for OK by Town
SHIRLEY -- Marchetti Industries CEO Michael Marchetti made a pitch to the Board of Selectmen earlier this month to open a marijuana retail establishment in town, the second group to seek town approval on a this type of project.
It’s required because the state Cannabis Control Commission made forging a Host Community Agreement with the town, where the proponent hopes to set up shop a key part of the approval process.
The targeted site is 130 Lancaster Road, an existing building within the town’s commercial/industrial district singled out for retail, recreational marijuana in the town’s relatively new marijuana bylaw. Crafted by the Planning Board and subsequently approved at Town Meeting, the bylaw does not rule out growers, warehouses or distribution centers in other commercial districts in town, but the Lancaster Road area is the only place where the “recreational” marijuana products can be sold directly to customers.
Crafted by the Planning Board and subsequently approved at Town Meeting, the bylaw does not rule out growers, warehouses or distribution centers in other commercial districts in town, but the Lancaster Road area is the only place where the “recreational” marijuana products can be sold directly to customers.
Marchetti aims to start renovating for the purpose if the board signs on. Citing a nine-month state approval process, he said that the proposed facility could open late this year or early in 2020.
Like the earlier project, for which an HCA is now being drafted, Marchetti’s shop would sell recreational marijuana products. But unlike the other company, it would not grow the weed on site.
Instead, raw materials would be supplied by an outfit with what Marchetti described as sterling credentials that’s been in business for some time and has several sites in the state.
Marchetti predicted annual gross sales of $10 million. Based on a three percent fee, the town could reap $310,000 from that base figure, he said, and another three percent return from the state excise tax.
The details are all in the proposal, he said, including security measures.
Marchetti said that because marijuana won’t be grown on site, there won’t be any odor and a black steel fence will separate it from surrounding businesses. Product will be stored in a vault and only enough money would be kept overnight to start up in the morning. Otherwise, cash would be trucked away at least once a day, twice if necessary, ruling out the chance that the place would be a target for thieves.
He also noted his town roots as a plus. A lifelong resident who plans to live here in the future, Michael Marchetti’s parents have both been active in civic affairs, as was has grandfather, a former town clerk.
The selectmen thanked him for the presentation and, as with the previous applicant, said they’d consider working with him on an HCA, a task that would be assigned to Town Administrator Mike Govern, as the previous one was.