Security holds priority in considering marijuana dispensary: Holyoke police
This story elaborates on an article published at 7:23 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Marijuana home delivery eyed for Holyoke by proposed dispensary
HOLYOKE — Besides product, safety is the other certainty that will emanate from a proposed marijuana dispensary at 380R Dwight St., acting Police Chief Manny Febo said Wednesday.
“The Holyoke security protocols are not only meeting the state mandates but exceeding them. The Holyoke Police Department is dedicated to the safety of city residents and visitors,” Febo said in an email.
Febo is acting chief while Police Chief James M. Neiswanger is away and has been appointed by Mayor Alex B. Morse to take over as chief when Neiswanger retires July 20.
Canna Provisions Inc. has applied to the City Council for a special permit to run a pot dispensary out of a two-story brick building downtown. The Council Tuesday referred the application to its Ordinance Committee.
One of the proposed dispensary’s features would be home delivery, the special permit application said.
The company consists of shareholders Eugene McCain of West Newton, Massachusetts and Arthur P. Becker of New York City, according to the firm’s special permit application.
Among features required in a security plan for such a facility are surveillance cameras, prevention of unauthorized access, safe waste disposal and secure storage of marijuana in the facility, Febo said.
Capt. Matthew F. Moriarty meets with executives of such businesses to discuss security, he said.
“Our priority is a safe environment for employees, customers and the surrounding community,” Febo said.
Police currently are reviewing the Canna Provisions’ security plan, which would include, according to the special permit application:
preventing individuals from remaining on site if they are not engaged in allowed activity limiting access in the dispensary to only the minimum number of authorized employees necessary for efficient running of the