The zoning board of appeals approved the special permit for Frozen 4 and closed its hearing on a separate dispensary planned for Enterprise Drive.
MARSHFIELD — A new recreational marijuana dispensary is coming to Plain Street. The zoning board of appeals has approved a special permit and site plan for Frozen 4.
The board also closed its hearing at its meeting this week on a different dispensary, named Health Circle, and will hold its deliberations sometime in October.
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Frozen 4 will set up shop at 985 Plain St., in the old Buckle & Boards building.
Board member Richard Murphy said he was “struggling” with the decision because Route 139 “is a mess right now” and adding traffic would exacerbate the problem. Multiple board members thought the business should not open until a traffic light is installed at Plain and School streets, which the dispensary has agreed to install.
Attorney Bob Galvin told the board members the signal light is being permitted through the state. Frozen 4 agreed to pay $350,000 toward the cost of the light, and if the state denies the permit, the money will still go to the town. Because the permitting process is out of the company’s control, the zoning board could not condition their opening on the light being installed.
After Galvin said the zoning board of appeals cannot make the signal light’s existence a condition, Murphy said he was “looking at it differently” before the board voted unanimously to grant the permit with conditions and approve the site plan.
According to the conditions on the special permit, the company will be