Recreational pot cultivators seeking grow site in Lakeville
LAKEVILLE – Representatives of a company planning to open a cultivation facility for adult use recreational marijuana in the area met with selectmen last week to express their interest in finding a suitable location in Lakeville for their new business.
Adam DiOrio told the board that the company was seeking to lease or purchase a building with 20,000 square feet or more of cultivation space to grow marijuana that would be wholesaled to retailers or manufacturers of edible products. There would be no retail sales outlet at the facility, he said.
Company principals sought the meeting with selectmen to make sure that the board was “comfortable” with the idea, and would be willing to consider licensing such a wholesale-only business in their town, DiOrio said. The limited liability company has not yet had its business name approved by the state.
The delegation got a warm but cautious welcome from selectmen, who listened politely as the three principals described their previous experience with the legalized marijuana industry in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
DiOrio said he was most recently the head of security for the medical marijuana dispensary in Fairhaven; partner Aaron Hussey was the supervisor of cultivation operations there. “Both of us have left there to pursue other (business) options,” he told selectmen; his brother Matt DiOrio is handling the financial side of the new company the trio has formed.
“We have a really good understanding of the industry, and a track record of producing results,” Adam DiOrio said. The group has financing in place, and is eager to find a suitable site to launch their wholesale growing operation, he indicated.
Chairman of Selectmen Aaron Burke noted that the board has already “entered into a few host community agreements with folks who are doing the medical side” of the marijuana