Rockland approves agreement for a marijuana dispensary on Hingham Street – The Patriot Ledger

A Chicago-based company proposes to build a facility at 1015 Hingham Street.

ROCKLAND — Rockland could be getting another marijuana dispensary after the board of selectmen unanimously approved a host community agreement with a national company Tuesday night.

Town attorney Bob Galvin said the town has been using a boilerplate agreement with companies that want to open marijuana dispensaries. The agreement allows Rockland to levy an additional tax of 3 percent on gross sales for the first five years. It sets a minimum of $100,000 and caps the amount the town can earn at $500,000 per year.

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The board approved the agreement with Cresco Labs, a publicly traded company based in Chicago with dispensaries in seven states.

The board initially discussed eliminating the cap but selectmen Larry Ryan and Richard Penney said it would not be fair to treat Cresco Labs differently than the other dispensaries the town has signed community host agreements with.

Rockland’s first dispensary, CannaVana, held its official opening on Aug. 6, at its store on Weymouth Street.

Town Administrator Doug Lapp said Cresco Labs took over another group that already signed a community host agreement with the town, Hope Heal Health.

“We’ve started over with a new agreement discussion,” Lapp said. “It went really well and there were no substantive issues.”

The site for the proposed dispensary is a lot at 1015 Hingham St. which had been approved by the planning board for a general retail store or bank at an Aug. 25  meeting.

The dispensary will have to get new permits, including a special use permit from the zoning board of

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