Hanson: Selectmen Discuss Marijuana Cultivation Facility

The owners of Impressed, LLC are proposing a marijuana cultivation facility on 15 Commercial Way in Hanson.

The Selectmen met yesterday to discuss the plans and concerns for security, odor, and waste management.

The plans include 64 cameras to monitor inside the facility, and 16 cameras outside. The state Cannabis Control Commission would be alerted to any issues at the site. Odor at the facility would be processed through a HVAC system with filters to neutralize smell.

For cultivation, Impressed LLC is planning to use an independent contractor to transport water to the site on a weekly basis. Town water would be used for bathrooms.

Currently the town is working on a host community agreement to set the ground rules for any marijuana facility in town.  

“A lot of the concerns which were voiced tonight have been voiced by many other residents in many other communities,” said Town Counsel Kate Federoff. “A lot of the concerns are already addressed in my draft of the host community agreement. Hopefully many of these concerns will be alleviated once they see a copy of the host community agreement, because there are a lot of protections built in.”

The owners of Impressed LLC still need approval from various boards in town and still need final approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission.

Selectmen Chair Laura Fitzgerald-Kemmett says the town will conduct a peer review of the plans.

The Selectmen plan to discuss a draft the host community agreement at a quick meeting next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A draft would then be released to the public for review.  

“We’ll see if we’ve reached a place where we’ve had all of our questions answered, the two attorneys have agreed in principal, and whether we’re at a point where we can sign the host community agreement,” said Fitzgerald-Kemmett.

A final draft is set to be discussed at the July 23rd Selectmen’s meeting.

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