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Easthampton resident Karima Rizk, introduced as director of operations at The Verb is Herb, said the store would enforce a “good neighbor policy.”

“Our customers will be told what they can’t do,” Rizk said. “If they violate those rules, they won’t be served.” She named public consumption, loitering outside the shop, and being “rude to neighbors” as examples of unacceptable behavior.

Hartley and his team must appear before the Planning Board again in 60 days to evaluate whether their operating plan is working effectively.

Rizk, who holds an MBA from the Eisenberg School of Management, said her well-publicized plans to open a “cannabis cafe” in Easthampton are on hold for now, because the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has not yet issued rules allowing social consumption.

The Verb is Herb will not cultivate its own marijuana, but will buy from other licensed growers and processors in the state.

Bagg, the city planner, noted that the nearby parking lot at the 50 Payson Ave. municipal building is underutilized, even as motorists vie for Cottage Street parking. He said a more comprehensive look at downtown parking and traffic is planned.