Marijuana plants being cultivated. (AP photo)
LEOMINSTER — Any final decision on granting the special permit the non-profit Prime Wellness Centers needs to open the city’s first medical-marijuana dispensary won’t be made at least until Feb. 27 after their hearing was continued by the City Council on Monday night.
The most recent letter the council has from the city’s Planning Board, as well as the city’s economic development coordinator and planning director, all recommend the council not grant the special permit. These recommendations were made because Prime Wellness Center has yet to submit a more detailed site plan of the interior and exterior of the building where the dispensary would be located.
This had been the reason the hearing before the council had initially been postponed during their Jan. 9 meeting, and it was still the case Monday night.
However, Prime Wellness Centers spokesman Pat Scorzelli, who had brought a copy of the more detailed plans with him to Monday’s meeting, initially said there would be no need to go back to the Planning Board for approval.
“There’s nothing that requires us to go back to the Planning Board. Everything the Planning Board has jurisdiction over, we’ve done,” he said.
This was not met positively by the council, as members asserted they would only move forward after seeing the Planning Board had recommended they approve the special permit.
“Please don’t underestimate what you think I need before making an informed decision as a city councilor, and a senior city councilor at that,” said Ward 5 Councilor Richard Marchand.
“We need to see that unified effort with all the boards and commissions you’re supposed to be working with behind the scenes.”
At-large Councilor Claire Freda agreed.
“It would definitely be in your favor to