FAIRHAVEN – Since opening its doors in February 2018 to become greater New Bedford’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Bask has been a consistent source of tax and host community revenue for the town.
Now, 2 ½ years since opening, Bask is finally ready to take that next big step for its business.
At the July 28 Fairhaven Planning Board meeting, representatives from Bask, via Zoom, officially applied for a special permit with the town for recreational adult-use sales.
“We’re excited for our next chapter for this company, for the staff, and for the community,” said Tim Keogh, president of Bask.
As explained during the initial presentation, it’s been a long journey for Bask to get to this point, with predictions being underestimated as to when it would finally come before the Planning Board for its special permit.
In 2018, the town placed a moratorium on recreational cannabis sales until it could enact a proper zoning bylaw through a special town meeting vote that November which gave town boards more control over the industry within town limits.
The Select Board granted a new host community agreement with Bask in January 2019 for adult-use sales, but it would be a full year, this year, before the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) approved a provisional license for the company.
Planning and Economic Development Director Paul Foley explained to the board that Bask still has a final permit to be approved by the CCC once it is granted a special permit from the Planning Board.
“Bask has been operating without incident or complaint. We have shown it’s a good corporate citizen that has helped a lot of patients,” said attorney Robert B. Feingold.
As explained during the presentation, no major construction or environmental changes are being proposed for Bask’s building, located at 2 Pequod Road,