NORWELL — A marijuana grow house on Cordwainer Drive is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Norwell Select Board approved a host community agreement on Wednesday night.
The five-year agreement will have Elevated Access, based in Hingham, pay Norwell 3 percent of its gross sales as a community impact fee.
During a June 2 meeting, Town Administrator Peter Morin said the percentage follows the model set by the Cannabis Control Commission, and it’s only the percentage that pending legislation would mandate as the cap.
Morin said the issue had already been through a number of procedural challenges.
More: Read the agreement with Elevated Access
“I do not want to spend one minute litigating the legitimacy of this agreement,” he said.
Morin said the agreement was not as aggressive as those in other communities.
The legislature is investigating more aggressive agreements.
More: Are South Shore pot shops paying too much to towns? The legislature investigates
Morin said the town worked hard to get to that point and the agreement was fair.
Norwell’s marijuana overlay district is in the small commercial part of town, near Accord Park.
Recreational and medical marijuana in Massachusetts are treated differnetly. Medical marijuana dispensaries must be vertically integrated, that is, they must sell product they grow and manufacture themselves, while recreational dispensaries can buy product from wholesalers.
May 2018: Medical marijuana a ‘go’ in Norwell
November 2019: Market changes prompt Norwell medical marijuana owners to consider recreational marijuana
The board approved the agreement unanimously on Wednesday night.
In an interview, Morin said the town voted to change the overlay district from just medical cultivation to recreational in 2020. Elevated Access does not have a building yet, but they do own a piece of land on Cordwainer Drive that is buildable.
In neighboring Rockland, two retail dispensaries have opened while a third is in the works.
February 20, 2021: Rockland’s second retail marijuana dispensary opens
August 6, 2020: South Shore’s first recreational dispensary opens in Rockland
At Health Circle in Rockland, a shortage of marijuana across the state restricts the menu. Vice President Chris Yang previously said there is “limited flower supply in the state.”
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