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#MUNICIPAL #GUIDANCE: Truro

TRURO — After nearly 18 months of wrangling, a farm cooperative has come to an agreement with the town to grow marijuana and produce marijuana products, freeing it to file an application with the state.

Members of the High Dune Craft Cooperative — Longnook Artisan Growers LLC, Outer Cape Cannabis Connection, Out There Grown and Pure Joy Farm — intend to grow marijuana at 12 Long Nook Road, 1 Noons Heights Road and 23 Old Bridge Road. Cannabis products will be manufactured at the Old Bridge Road site as well.

The Select Board unanimously approved the agreement — a contract between the town and the cooperative — with two amendments related to a mediation process for complaints and whether nonodiferous plants would be required.

But a handful of neighbors to the proposed farms raised objections, citing a possible decrease in their property values, the effect of prevailing winds on odors and negative health effects.

“Some of us in the audience have been following this thing for years,” said property owner Christopher Clark, who wanted a delay of two weeks to further study the draft version of the host community agreement, which was made public online Friday.

“We’re pretty up to speed on this,” Select Board Chairwoman Janet Worthington said in response to arguments that more public study was needed.

But cooperative members raised their own objections to further delaying the application process.

“I urge you to vote tonight to please let us get going,” Pure Joy Farm farmer Debra Hopkins said.