SOUTHBRIDGE – As local officials work to set zoning rules that would push medical marijuana dispensaries from schools, churches and residential neighborhoods, the grandson of a famous World War II general is proposing to open a medical marijuana facility on Mill Street.
Town Council meeting Monday calls for Town Planner Ken Comia to present a proposed zoning bylaw for medical marijuana and registered dispensaries. Subsequently, an agenda item calls for the council to approve the first of three readings of the proposed bylaw.
If approved, Green Meadows Farms, a cultivator of medical marijuana in Hamilton, will file a formal application to build a 3,000-square-foot dispensary on a 1.1 acre lot adjacent to 19 Mill Street, according to documents the company provided to the Planning Board.
The Mill Street area would be an acceptable location under the proposed bylaw.
The company has an option to purchase the lot, contingent on Green Meadows receiving Southbridge’s approval to establish and operate a registered medical marijuana dispensary, according to the preliminary plan.
The company is contemplating a host agreement agreement that would contribute in excess of $100,000 annually to the town.
Reached by phone this week, company CEO Bob H. Patton said: “We have to be deferential to the process, and that begins with town council passing a bylaw. Presuming that happens, we then will immediately step up and say we have a great location and a great story and great business model, and we’d love to dispense medical marijuana to your patients in the area.”
The company is in the process of permitting and constructing the grow facility in Hamilton. It doesn’t have a dispensary at that site.
While researching possible locations for a dispensary, Mr. Patton said he happened to find the Mill Street land for sale, researched Southbridge, and liked what