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2nd rec store coming to Salem!

The Salem Zoning Board of Appeals approved the special permit application for NS Alternatives to open a recreational marijuana store at 207 Highland Avenue at its meeting Wednesday night. The company still needs to negotiate with the city for a Community Host Agreement. After that pact is brokered, the city will decide whether NS Alternatives will be one of as many four recreational marijuana establishments that it will license to open for business.

The public hearing on a second application, by Sanctuary Medicinals to open a shop at 400 Highland Avenue, was continued to the ZBA’s June 20 meeting. In a Facebook post, Ward 3 City Councillor Lisa Peterson said she was under the impression the board would vote on the proposal at that meeting, based on her attendance at Wednesday night’s meeting.

In March, the ZBA gave similar approval to Alternative Therapies Group. That company, which has operated a medical marijuana dispensary in Salem for three years, was grandfathered in under city rules passed earlier this year. Under the city rules, the facility gets an automatic license as long as it meets all of the qualifications outlined in the Salem ordinance.

The city plans to grant four licenses to businesses that want to sell marijuana to recreational users. Salem City Council approved recreational marijuana sales in February. Under the new rules, which go into effect later this year, the city will issue licenses in the Downtown business district or in areas zone B2, or “business highway,” under city bylaws.