Zachary Comeau Daily News Staff @zcomeau_MDN
MILFORD – A 25,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility that has been growing the drug for several months will no longer open a dispensary on the site.
Sage Biotech – formerly Sage Cannabis and Milford Medicinals before that – operates the facility at 13 Commercial Way and has been growing marijuana since last year, but the company told the Board of Selectmen Monday – including newly elected member Mike Walsh – that the company has received another dispensary license in Somerville.
Speaking on behalf of the company and CEO Michael Dundas, local attorney Joseph Antonellis said the state Department of Public Health requires Milford to send another letter of “no opposition” as it relates to the current grow facility.
Additionally, Antonellis wrote in a memo that as a result of other dispensaries opening, “it may not be appropriate to open the Milford dispensary.”
The dispensary portion of the project is currently on hold.
The company, Antonellis said, went through a “very rigorous DPH period” that included multiple setbacks along the way since beginning in 2013. However, it was the first locally-permitted grow facility in the state.
Currently, the company employs 80 people, 45 of which are Milford residents, Antonellis said.
Sage already operates a medical marijuana dispensary in Cambridge that opened earlier this year.
The facility – which Sage calls “the most sophisticated in the state” – became one of the first to be issued a provisional state license to grow marijuana in January 2014, and now grows over 20 strains of cannabis, according to the company’s website.
The facility also includes a full commercial-grade kitchen for edibles, a high-tech lab for making oils and concentrates as well as a commercial cookie machine, according to the website.
Selectman Will Kingkade – who was elected as