The challenge has been securing host agreements with the towns involved, DeWitt said. Four of the farmers in the cooperative are in Truro. One, with a smaller farm, is in Wellfleet. DeWitt is also looking to set up a breeding operation in Brewster.
He characterized Wellfleet and Truro as dragging their feet.
Truro Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said a proposed host agreement from the craft cooperative arrived May 29 and is now in the hands of the town’s attorney. Officials are also drafting some zoning regulations for recreational marijuana that will likely go before a special town meeting in September.
There has been confusion regarding what the operation entails, Palmer said.
“Some are concerned about having a greenhouse growing marijuana next to them in a residential neighborhood,” she said. Others worry about criminal aspects. “We’ll use the host community agreement to get a clear picture of what they are proposing and where they are proposing to go.”
DeWitt agreed the public remains confused despite a public forum the craft cooperative held. “Their concern is over giant facilities with lights on all night, stinking up the place,” he said.
Wellfleet Town Administrator Daniel Hoort said the town has a signed host agreement with one medical marijuana dispensary and is in discussion with a second that is looking to sell medical and recreational marijuana. He said he has not heard from High Dune Craft Cooperative.
James Borghesani, spokesman for the group that promoted the ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana in the state in 2016 and now works as a consultant for a number of license applicants, said the delay in securing host agreements has been a problem statewide.
A completed application to the state must have a signed host agreement between the target community and the applicant.
“A lot of towns just aren’t moving forward with the host agreements,” Borghesani said. “Towns can drag their feet technically forever.”