By Michael Bailey, Correspondent
AUBURN – A proposed medical marijuana dispensary has cleared the first local hurdle and received the support of the Board of Selectmen.
The board voted 4-1 Monday, with Selectman Kenneth A. Holstrom casting the sole nay vote, to provide a letter of approval to Trichome Health Consultants as it seeks to establish a medical marijuana cultivation and processing facility at 97 Bancroft St. The letter is necessary for the company to move forward with the permitting process under the Massachusetts Department of Health requirements.
Trichome filed its application of intent, the first step toward becoming a registered dispensary, with the DPH last fall.
Trichome is a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company, with an office in Boston, that bills itself as “one of the oldest, most trusted, medical marijuana providers in Colorado Springs.” Founded in 2008, according to its LinkedIn page, the business runs medical marijuana dispensaries that sell cannabis in a variety of forms, from marijuana for consumption by smoking to marijuana-infused edibles.
The proposed Auburn facility would not conduct direct sales according to attorney Valerio G. Romano of the Quincy-based VGR Law Firm, which is representing Trichome.
In a letter to the selectmen, Town Manager Julie A. Jacobson said the town has been approached by several marijuana dispensaries, but Trichome was the first to formally request a letter of approval.
If Trichome passes muster with the state, the project would return to Auburn to undergo review under medical marijuana dispensary siting bylaws passed by voters in October. The proposed 15,000-square -foot facility would have to receive a variance from the Auburn Zoning Board of Appeals because part of the building it would occupy at 97 Bancroft St. is in the Zone 2 Aquifer Overlay District, and would need a special permit through the Auburn Planning Board,