Grafton board votes for former selectmans pot dispensary, 1 day after proponent resigns from office – Worcester Telegram


GRAFTON – A shorthanded Board of Selectmen approved a host community agreement Tuesday night with Spinney Enterprises Inc. for a marijuana dispensary at 130 and 134 Worcester St., despite concerns that the process was being rushed. The company president, Bruce Spinney, was chairman of the Board of Selectmen until he resigned Monday night.

In a 2-1 vote, with board members Ed Prisby and Peter Carlson in favor and member Doreen DeFazio opposed, the board approved the agreement, which calls for a one-time $10,000 “down payment’’ followed by $15,000 after the facility’s first fiscal quarter.

Under the agreement, at the close of the second and third quarters, Spinney Enterprises is to make payments of $40,000. After the first year in operation, the company will pay the town 3% percent of the facility’s gross sales.

The board was shorthanded because of member Jennifer Thomas’ absence and Mr. Spinney’s surprise resignation from the board 24 hours before he was scheduled to represent Spinney Enterprises Inc. before the board.

Sitting at the petitioner’s table, facing his former colleagues, Mr. Spinney explained that the property is zoned to allow a marijuana facility. His plan, he said, is to remove the “eyesore” of a long-vacant ranch house and construct a 7,800-square-foot building that will primarily serve as a marijuana dispensary but could be expanded in the future. There will be 50 to 60 parking spaces, he said.

Mr. Spinney said the timeline is to have the facility operational in six months to a year, depending on town approvals and a license from the state Cannabis Control Commission. He is required to hold a public meeting to explain his plan.

Mr. Prisby, who is the acting chair after Mr. Spinney’s resignation, said the host agreement is the first step in a process that involves numerous state and

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