By Adam [email protected]
The Committee on Economic Development and Planning voted to start negotiations on a Community Host Agreement with a company seeking to open a medical mamajuana dispensary in Watertown Tuesday.
The committee voted unanimously after hearing a presentation from NS AJO Holdings, Inc. (Natural Selections) on its proposed 2,900-square-foot dispensary at 23 Elm St. The company estimated it would serve about 200 to 350 clients a day, and pledged not to have any onsite consumption or participate in the recreational marijuana market for at least several years without entering further negotiations with the town.
Aiden O’Donovan, Natural Selections chief operating officer, said the organization has been running a similar facility in Colorado for the past two years. He said that that he’d like to replicate that success in Watertown.
“We’re excited to bring all of the knowledge that we’ve accumulated over the years here,” O’Donovan said.
O’Donovan said that Natural Selections works with a variety of different patients dealing with a wide range of ailments.
“We have done a lot of work ranging from someone who had just gotten into an accident and might have something basic such as back pain, to people that are going through chemotherapy, to an HIV patient and everything in between,” O’Donovan said. “For every ailment, I’d like to think there’s some cannabinoid, or some form of marijuana that can help.”
The company is hoping to operate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but O’Donovan said that he’d like the dispensary to stay open until at least 7 p.m.
“I think there’s a lot of people that work nine to five and might have to commute out in rush hour and can’t make traditional business hours,” O’Donovan said. “I think trying to accommodate all patients is pretty important.”