Zachary Comeau Daily News Staff @zcomeau_MDN
MILFORD – Just after a medical marijuana cultivation facility stepped back its plans to open a dispensary, another is hoping to open in a different location – but in a much more public area.
Natural Remedies Inc. is hoping to occupy a vacant space in the Milford Plaza next to Kohl’s. The company has a building permit, but is seeking several other town approvals from the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Selectmen and Police Department.
Selectmen Chairman Will Kingkade said the company is scheduled to come before the board at an April 24 meeting to present its plans, including security.
The company is seeking a letter of non-opposition from the board as well as a Host Community Agreement. Kingkade said if all of his concerns are addressed – mostly on security – than the dispensary should be allowed to open.
Currently, the company is negotiating a lease to open a 20,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Lakeville, which would then produce the marijuana products to be sold to patients at the Milford location.
The use in a 4,000-square-foot space in the plaza is allowed in the zoning district, but setback and distance variances are needed, said Town Planner Larry Dunkin.
The company is also seeking its final approvals from the state. Currently, the state has allowed Natural Remedies to look for locations.
Jeff Barton, co-founder of Waterfresh Farm in Hopkinton and CEO of Natural Remedies, said he’s stepped back from the day-to-day operations of the farm to focus on the venture, which he said is completely unrelated.
Sage Cannabis, which operates a cultivation facility in an industrial park in Milford, informed selectmen Monday that they may no longer open a dispensary at the site. Barton has been following the process and began