Hearing Tuesday in Lenox on proposed medical marijuana dispensary bylaw – Berkshire Eagle (subscription)

By Clarence Fanto, Special to The Eagle

LENOX — The town’s first bylaw amendment on medical marijuana dispensaries will be up for discussion at a Planning Board public hearing this Tuesday.

The board is proposing the bylaw for a vote by residents at the Annual Town Meeting on May 4. A two-thirds majority is required for zoning changes.

A potential applicant for a medical marijuana dispensary in Lenox, Crane Healthcare Inc., has visited the town several times this month, scoping out potential sites in the downtown commercial zone, the Route 7 and 20 commercial strip to the north and in the Lenox Dale industrial zone such as the Niagara Mill.

The bylaw amendment voters will consider would require only site plan approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for a medical marijuana distribution facility in a single-use building in the Route 7 and 20 commercial zone or Lenox Dale. But a downtown location would need a ZBA special permit, raising the bar for applicants.

“I understand the downtown becomes a sensitive issue for some people, so I’m OK with giving the ZBA some authority to look at the process,” said Planning Board Chairman Kameron Spaulding at the board’s recent meeting.

Crane Healthcare Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit incorporated on March 16, has filed an application with the state Department of Public Health for a registration certificate to operate a marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts.

The document filed on March 29 listed the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Satyajit S. Parikh, and his partner, Michael L. Sung.

It includes the required financial statement showing that Crane Healthcare has at least $500,000 available for its application. The account contains $3,440,332.22, according to the Vanguard Group brokerage document.

In a brief interview at a Lenox cafe on Friday, Parikh described his interest in Lenox as “very preliminary” but declined further comment except to

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