Green Life medical marijuana dispensary gains Easthampton Planning Board OK
EASTHAMPTON — The city’s second medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility has gained local approval.
Green Life Cultivation Center and Dispensary is planned at 19 Wemelco Way, site of the former Zonolite facility. President and CEO Kot Kasom and his team appeared before the Planning Board last week and gained site plan approval. Kasom is a Southampton resident.
Plans show the rehab and expansion of a metal industrial building located between the Manhan Rail Trail and Rt. 10 near the Southampton line. The facility would have 16,160 square feet of cultivation and a 2,425 feet of retail, and include landscaping and paved parking.
Green Life Dispensary, Inc. gained a provisional certificate of registration from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on March 1 for a registered medical marijuana cultivation, dispensing, and processing site.
The application materials contain many interesting details. For instance, supplemental carbon dioxide will be added to the air to maximize plant growth. The facility will use around 550,000 gallons of water per year, and recycle a portion of that into their conservation system. Green Life expects to make 300 transactions per day.
Richard Samuelson, Green Life’s director of security, was among those to address the Planning Board. Samuelson was a Massachusetts State Police officer for three decades and is a security system specialist for the Smith College Museum of Art, according to application documents. Samuelson said he is working with Police Chief Robert Alberti to ensure that all public safety requirements are met.
Under Easthampton’s zoning rules, a medical marijuana facility is allowed as-of-right in industrial zones. Under site plan approval, the Planning Board may ensure protection of adjacent areas, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, adequacy of disposal methods, and protection of environmental features, but has little discretion to say no.
A more stringent special permit is required for such