“This is exciting, not just because an adult use facility may be opening in town, but also because there’s not a whole lot of businesses in Dighton. The prospect of opening two (stores) sends the message that Dighton is open for business.”
The selectmen’s planned discussion also comes just days after the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission gave two independent testing laboratories in the state permission to commence operations, according to a Boston.com article.
State law (Chapter 94G, Section 15) holds that “no marijuana or marijuana product shall be sold or otherwise marketed…that has not first been tested by an independent testing laboratory” and meets the CCC’s established testing protocols.
Zografos said that he was not aware of the most recent CCC decision, but confirmed that 1Connection has an attorney whose job is to “keep up” with the state and town’s laws and regulations on behalf of the company.
The board’s planned discussion comes less than a month after residents approved a zoning bylaw amendment in Town Meeting allowing adult-use marijuana establishments to open their doors in town in an established overlay district.
At last year’s October Town Meeting, town residents rejected a proposed zoning change that would have allowed a medicinal marijuana facility to open at 1901 Court St., citing the fact that it would be located in a high-traffic and family-friendly area.
With the approval of last month’s zoning change, Zografos said that he has not heard any similar complaints from residents to those made last year.
“Since (the overlay district) was changed to the current area, I have not heard any rumblings or concerns from residents,” he said.