Halifax: Selectmen Seeking Comments on Marijuana Host Community Agreement

In Halifax, the Selectmen are seeking public feedback on a potential host community agreement with a marijuana cultivator.

Bud’s Goods is proposing an outdoor marijuana cultivation facility up to 100,000 square feet near River Street.

A public forum was held last week, but Town Administrator Charlie Seelig says people can still weigh in. The Selectmen will take the feedback under advisement and will discuss the host community agreement at the next meeting, on January 14th.

“I’m going to be looking at host community agreements in other communities for outdoor cultivation,” said Seelig. “Odor is a problem, obviously. We’re going to look to see what language those communities used for their HCA, maybe incorporate some of that into our own.”

After gathering feedback, the Selectmen would decide whether or not to enter in a host community agreement.

“At some point, I don’t know that would be [January] 14th, but I would think sometime in the near future, the board will make a decision whether in fact to approve the HCA,” said Seelig. “If they do, then Bud’s Goods has two other steps they need to take. One is getting the state license, the other is getting the zoning permits from the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.”

Even if approvals were granted, Seelig says that marijuana cultivation may not start immediately.

To get the soil prepared for marijuana cultivation, representatives for Bud’s Goods said hemp plants would be grown initially. An estimated timeline would be 2021 for hemp, and 2022 for marijuana.  

People can call the Selectmen’s office or email with any comments or concerns.

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