Dana Forsythe [email protected] @watertowntab
Last week, Natural Selections, a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on Elm Street in Watertown cleared a major hurdle, securing a letter of non-opposition from the Watertown Town Council.
As part of the agreement, NS AJO Holdings Inc., known as “Natural Selections” would not seek the ability to sell recreational marijuana in the future and would agree not to offer delivery services to patients seeking treatment.
But, before the proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 23 Elm St. can open its doors it still must go through a few more public meetings this month.
NS AJO Holdings, Inc. has estimated it would serve about 200 to 350 clients a day, and pledged not to have any on-site consumption. According to Natural Selections chief operating officer Aiden O’Donovan, the company is hoping to operate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The project will occupy approximately 2,755 square feet of existing space within 23 Elm St., and will not include any exterior or structural work.
Per the host community agreement, Natural Selections has also agreed to pay $200,000 or 6 percent of their annual income to the town via a Community Impact Donation “for the purposes of addressing potential health, safety or other effects” on the town every year.
Additionally, they’ve agreed to set aside an additional $100,000 to reimubrese the town for any verified expenses and additional law enforcement services including police details, and other emergency services.
Starting this week, the public process will continue as Natural Selections works to secure a Special Permit for their business.
Next Steps: Town Council Meeting
On Tuesday, Town Councilors will review and vote for approval of the final Host Agreement for Natural Selections.
The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. in the Town Council Chamber at Town Hall. The agenda