INSA medical marijuana facility in Easthampton to add recreational cannabis shop
EASTHAMPTON — The city’s first medical marijuana facility, branded as INSA, plans to add a recreational cannabis shop.
I.N.S.A., Inc. has scheduled a required community outreach meeting Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Zing! Table Tennis Center, 122 Pleasant St. Members of the public may receive information, ask questions, and submit testimony on the dispensary’s plan to grow and sell recreational cannabis, according to a meeting post.
The local outreach meeting is required as part of INSA’s application to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission for an adult use marijuana storefront and cultivator license.
New state regulations allow medical marijuana facilities to sell recreational cannabis, said Stephen M. Reilly, Jr., a lawyer for INSA. He said the commission will require some sort of separation, and that more information on the state requirements is expected in the coming weeks. Reilly said that a separate grow facility will not be needed, and that INSA may source its recreational and medical products from its Easthampton grow facility.
Reilly said INSA plans to submit its license application to the state in April and is shooting for a July launch of its recreational line. He said INSA will also comply with local permitting requirements.
INSA is also building a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield. But any plans to offer recreational weed in that community will have to wait, as the City Council on Monday imposed a six-month moratorium on such businesses.
Hampden Care Facility navigated five years of permitting under the state’s Department of Public Health after voters approved medical marijuana in 2012. The process is now ostensibly more streamlined and involves a license application with the CCC.
INSA built its facility under