Terry Cowgill Business consultant Michael Cohen, left, and Chris Weld, founder of Berkshire Mountain Distillers, answer questions from the audience about their planned cannabis facility on North Main Street in Sheffield, Massachusetts, during a public information session at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday evening (March 27).

Sheffield — Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts through a 2016 ballot initiative, observers have warned that out-of-town investors and entrepreneurs would come crawling out of the woodwork to get in on the ground floor of a burgeoning industry that has the potential for huge profits.

It remains to be seen how great the profits will be but, in the case of a developer planning a cannabis facility in Sheffield, there is no woodwork to crawl out of. Christopher Weld, who is proposing a facility on 1375 North Main St., is well-known in the town as the founder and owner of Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

About 25 people attended the information session. Photo: Terry Cowgill

Weld and business partner Michael Cohen, a Great Barrington marketing consultant and tech investor, want to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products on a business-zoned property on Route 7, north of town.

The nearly four-acre lot, owned by Great Barrington builder George Sudant since 2014, is the former site of the old Shea’s Pine Tree Inn, which closed almost 20 years ago, was sold at auction in 2002 and demolished in 2015.

As required of anyone seeking a cannabis license in the state, Weld and Cohen held a public information session Tuesday night (March 27) at Sheffield Town Hall. The session attracted about 25 people, some of whom supported the proposal or were lukewarm toward it. Others were openly hostile – more on that later.

Weld led the audience through a brief PowerPoint presentation that touched on the

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