By Bob Michelson
A Boston company is applying to establish a medical marijuana dispensary on Pacella Park Drive in Randolph.
Residents and officials have discussed Verdant Medical, Inc.’s proposal to establish a facility that would grow and distribute medical marijuana at two town council meetings.
The company would need a special permit to allow the establishment of a dispensary at 78-80 Pacella Park Drive in the Great Pond Commerce Center Overlay District in North Randolph. This complex falls under the Special Permit Town Council zoning designation in order for any business to become established in that location, according to the town website.
“The facility would generate approximately $70k in property taxes with the renovations,” said Town Manager David Murphy at a town council meeting earlier this month. “The host agreement could generate an additional $150k per year for youth programming and $10k per year for the Substance Abuse Task Force.”
Verdant attorney Valerio Romano used a figure of $4 million in potential build-out costs in his presentation, Murphy said.
“I would suggest these are estimates and they are a long way from pulling a building permit and us knowing for certain,” Murphy said.
The building has 32,000 square feet available, said Romano, who Verdant called a legal dispensary expert. The grow-out facility would use 20,000 square feet, with an additional 2,000 square feet being used for processing and lab space.
The dispensary would be every day from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Facilities currently open in Brookline, Quincy and Brockton have similar hours of operation, said Verdant attorney Kevin M. Reilly of Randolph.
“This location would be a well regulated site to give medical marijuana only,” Reilly said. “There would be no sales of recreational marijuana out of this facility.
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