SHREWSBURY — The town may be one of the first in the region to host a recreational marijuana retail dispensary, following negotiations with John Glowik of Prime Wellness Centers., Inc.

Glowik, who lives in town, met with the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday evening to finalize the details of the Host Community Agreement, one of the required documents by the state Cannabis Control Commission for licensing retail marijuana operations. 

“This is the last piece in the packet – it’s all I need and then [my recreational marijuana license application] can be officially complete,” he said.  “A lot of the delays are with the state.”

Prime Wellness Center, located at 235 Hartford Turnpike, is already licensed as a medical marijuana facility, which Glowik said he anticipates opening at the end of September or early October, but did not have a date for the recreational marijuana opening.  Prime Wellness also has medical marijuana operations in Connecticut and New Hampshire, and is seeking a grower’s license in Sterling. 

Glowik said that the recreational and medical marijuana operations will take place at the same location, and that the difference will be at the point of sale.

“For medical marijuana, they will have to have a card scanned, and it limits how much they can buy,” Glowik said.  “And recreational sales incur a 20 percent sales tax, but medical sales do not.”

There is no tracking of recreational sales, although purchasers must prove that they are at least 21 years of age.

Glowik said that he will be keeping two sets of books, one for the medical marijuana and one for the recreational marijuana, and confirmed that there are two different agreements with the town for the two types of marijuana sales. 

Selectman James Kane said that he was pleased to see that Glowik had

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