Proposed Williamstown Marijuana Facility to Hold Public Forum Saturday
Joshua Silver of Silver Therapeutics discusses his application for a medical marijuana dispensary at January’s forum.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commonwealth plans to open applications for recreational marijuana shops on April 1, but the business looking to open in the Colonial Plaza is getting ahead of the curve by hosting a community outreach session on Saturday, March 24.
Silver Therapeutics CEO Joshua Silver explained Thursday that Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission already has outlined the rules governing applications for licenses to operate what it’s calling “adult use marijuana establishments.” One of those requirements is a community forum.
Silver hopes to operate a recreational pot shop in the same structure where he plans a medical marijuana dispensary at 238 Main St. (Route 2).
Earlier this year, Silver sought and received from the town a “letter of non-opposition” to the proposed medical dispensary, all the while explaining that his ultimate goal was to operate both types of facilities at the same location.
On Thursday, he said he expects any day to receive his provisional license from the state Department of Public Health to operate the Williamstown dispensary and a cultivation facility in Gardner.
“Once [the cultivation facility] is built out, the DPH inspects it and issues the final certificate that it meets all their standards,” Silver said.
The medical dispensary would only sell marijuana grown under those standards in Gardner.
Saturday’s 10 a.m. community outreach session at the Williams Inn will concern the proposal for a recreational marijuana facility, although Silver fielded questions on his plan for the non-medical retail trade in the run-up to January’s vote of non-opposition by the Select Board.
“I think [Saturday’s forum] is going to be similar to what we heard in our public hearing prior to receiving the letter of non-opposition,” Silver said. “We were upfront