According to McKee, Silver Therapeutics has submitted its application for a license to sell recreational marijuana, with the goal of the Orange location serving as a “hybrid shop” selling marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.
There is no difference, McKee said, between the marijuana to be sold to medical and recreational users, and it’s the same “high-quality cannabis and cannabis products.”
However, the host agreement with Orange is specifically written to allow a medical marijuana dispensary only, and is being rewritten to allow recreational marijuana sales, hence the delayed opening.
“It’s just a little more back and forth (with the town) as far as the host agreement goes, and we’re looking at possibly breaking ground this summer,” McKee said.
While certain members of the Planning Board and Selectboard have lent support, and meetings with the Zoning Board have been productive, McKee said, there has been some ambivalence about the shop from residents, particularly from owners of neighboring businesses.
However, Silver Therapeutics CEO Joshua Silver has made it a point to conduct community outreach to alleviate concerns.
At a discussion with surrounding businesses and members of the Planning Board in March, Silver said the store will be discreet, with no marijuana imagery, and will be strict about security and not selling or advertising to minors.