In a letter to Bourne officials, Haven Center has offered to pay a 3 percent tax on recreational sales and, “in the spirit of good faith and goodwill,” an additional 3 percent on medical marijuana sales, which is not subject to tax.
Bourne has a moratorium on recreational marijuana operations through November, but voters recently rejected a full ban. The town is working on how to regulate recreational establishments, according to George Slade, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “Specific plans are being developed now as we speak,” Slade said.
Brewster already has set some regulations for recreational marijuana businesses, and the town is working out a host agreement with Haven Center, according to Town Administrator Michael Embury.
Meanwhile, the William Noyes Webster Foundation, a provisional-license holder for a medical marijuana dispensary in Dennis, is taking on new investors that plan to expand to the recreational market, based on a press release put out by Liberty Health Sciences, a Toronto-based company that would hold 75 percent controlling share in the foundation.
That won’t be good news to townspeople. Dennis voters have banned recreational marijuana operations, but may not be able to prohibit the foundation from expanding to recreational pot.
“People are interpreting the law differently,” said Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the 2016 ballot campaign to legalize adult-use marijuana. He believes state regulations prohibit zoning bylaws or ordinances from blocking the conversion of a medical marijuana dispensary to recreational, if the dispensary’s provisional certificate from the state was awarded before July 1, 2017. The William Noyes Webster Foundation secured its provisional license in June 2014.
The ban, in Borghesani’s opinion, will apply only to those awarded provisional licenses after July 1, but the debate will likely end up in court.