Public hearings on 2 proposed marijuana businesses continued to July 17 in Holyoke
HOLYOKE — Public hearings on proposals for marijuana dispensaries at 630 Beaulieu St. and at 380R Dwight St. were continued to July 17 Tuesday at City Hall.
Councilors in the meeting of the board’s Ordinance Committee had numerous questions that prompted the hearings’ continuances.
Questions included whether the City Council should have the right to approve host-city agreements that such companies make with the mayor, a special permit can allow for multiple uses on a site and a company’s security plan should be a public document.
No recreational marijuana businesses currently have been licensed here by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. A medical marijuana facility opened here on Appleton Street in April.
East Coast Pharms with Jorge Tirse of Gloversville, New York listed as the applicant is seeking a special permit to operate a dispensary for medical and recreational marijuana at 630 Beaulieu St.
The building would undergo a $2.5 million renovation and employ 22 people in its first three months and 28 by the end of the year, Tirse said.
The business would have three uses under the single special permit: recreational marijuana dispensary, recreational marijuana retail and a medical marijuana dispensary. Combined they would have the capacity to provide $10 million a year in product, he said.
Tirse was represented by lawyer Richard M. Evans of Northampton.
East Coast Pharms has made a host-city agreement with Mayor Alex B. Morse to give priority for jobs to Holyokers in general and people who live in the neighborhood specifically, officials said at the hearing.
Tirse also said he and his family will move to Holyoke by summer.
Canna Provisions Inc. wants to open a recreational marijuana dispensary at 380R Dwight St. The firm consists of shareholders Eugene McCain of West Newton, Massachusetts and Arthur P. Becker of New York City.