Proposed Ashby Pot Facility Plans to Focus on Green Growing
ASHBY -- Hemp Holistics, LLC, which could be the second recreational marijuana business in town, plans to open a greenhouse grow facility that focuses on green growing.
″(The plot) is up on a nice hill and will have some nice access to the sun,” said Matthew Leder, an Ashby resident who is heading the company.
The grow facility would be located at 351 Bennett Road and will be about 720 square feet, he said.
Hemp Holistics wants to focus on green growing by using the sun -- instead of electricity -- good soil and water on-site through a well or collected rainwater, Leder said.
The Board of Selectmen approved the business’s host agreement Wednesday. Members Michael McCallum and Janet Flinkstrom voted to approve the agreement and its newest member, Scott Sweeney, voted to abstain.
As part of the host agreement, Hemp Holistics will pay an impact fee of 3 percent of gross wholesale value for products produced by the grow facility.
The business will also contribute not less than $720 -- about a dollar for each square footage of the greenhouse -- to local charities and nonprofit organizations, according to the agreement. Leder said that it will likely give closer to $1,000.
Hemp Holistics will also grant a deed of easement for the town to build a emergency communications tower, which would help improve service in that area of Ashby, McCallum said.
The business will host a community outreach meeting Saturday at noon at the Ashby Free Public Library. It will be an opportunity to update residents about how the business is going, Leder said.
Once the host agreement is signed by the selectmen next week, Leder said Hemp Holistics will apply for a license with the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.
To open, the grow facility will need a special permit from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals and licensing from the commission.
In the meantime, Leder has been making connections with other marijuana product manufacturing and transporter businesses. If any establishments open in Fitchburg, he would be interested in reaching out to them.
Since approved zoning for recreational marijuana businesses, it has mostly been locals who have sought to set up marijuana establishments in town.
“There (aren’t) any new people knocking on the door,” McCallum said.
United Cultivation, LLC, which is headed by stone business owner Steve Phaneuf, seeks to open a retail, cultivation and manufacturing facility on Fitchburg State Road.
The company had its community host agreement approved with the town last week.
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