Major marijuana operation seeks to open in Navionics' former headquarters in Wareham
By Matthew Bernat | May 30, 2018
Goodbye marine charts, hello marijuana.
A recreational marijuana grower, processor and retail operation aims to open in a building recently vacated by Navionics, an electronic marine charts company.
The company, Trade Roots/LDE, is the first wave of a “green rush” in Wareham, which includes several businesses seeking the remaining two of three recreational marijuana licenses.
In total, 10 companies have filed applications to either grow, process or sell recreational marijuana in town before sales likely become legal this summer.
Sales of medical marijuana have been allowed in Massachusetts since 2012. In November 2016, a state ballot question passed that paved the way for recreational sales. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission is drafting a framework for the oversight of retail marijuana shops. Those shops are due to open in July, and it is currently legal to posses and grow marijuana for personal use. The town’s moratorium on retail marijuana shops expires June 30.
One long-planned medical marijuana facility has already opened at 112 Main St. Operated by Pharmacannis Massachusetts, the dispensary plans to sell recreational marijuana once it’s legal. Selectmen have already executed a “host agreement” with the dispensary, named Verilife, which grants it a license to sell pending state approval.
On Tuesday, Selectmen approved another host agreement with the Rochester-based Trade Roots/LDE. The vote would allow the business to cultivate, sell and process recreational marijuana at 6 Thatcher Lane, inside the Town of Wareham Industrial Park in West Wareham.
The building housed Navionics until last month, according to Selectman Chair Alan Slavin. The multinational company is based in Italy and just moved its U.S. headquarters from Wareham to New Bedford.
“We couldn’t offer them anything they wanted to stay,” said Slavin. “But this seems to have worked out.”
Ahead of the recreational