Medford residents scrutinize plans for pottery shop
Marijuana Month kicked off on July 7 at Medford Town Hall with scheduled presentations by nine applicants seeking to open adult recreational clinics in the city. Medford has three licenses available for stores within the city borders.
Of the nine candidates listed on the city’s website calendar, six are expected to stand in person at City Hall, two will be virtual, and one is scheduled for July 14 at VFW on Mystic Avenue.
The public alerting of the meetings is the responsibility of the applicants, said Jackie Piques, spokesperson for Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn. The city authorized the use of the council chamber as a courtesy to residents.
About 20 people attended the first hearing on July 7, where the plaintiffs, Bloom on Mystic, hoping to transform the commercial building at 151 Mystic Ave. in an adult clinic, presented their vision to residents.
There has been a lot of talk about parking. Where will the cars park? Are there enough off-street parking spaces to accommodate customer traffic? Will customers come from Willis Avenue and park there? Could they park off-site and consume their purchases? What will happen to the parking lot in the event of a snow emergency?
There were questions about the number of customers expected per day (200-400); what kind of security will there be and what if the license is transferred and the store sold?
As part of each application, companies are asked to detail their plans to give back to Medford and improve the community. Bloom on Mystic has asked a local artist to design their logo (a water lily) will dedicate an exterior wall to a mural, install a digital screen to promote upcoming art events and plans to donate 20% of its income from the sale of merchandise ; t-shirts, paraphernalia, to local charities.
Others have forged partnerships with veterans groups, community charities and other organizations. Just Health will provide Royall House with exhibit space and donations.
Residents who live near the building have been assured that parking will be video 24/7; that a security guard, possibly a retired Medford Police Officer, would be on the scene during business hours and the parking lot will not be a meeting place for customers.
“Customers come and go,” says Vincent Dimento, the company’s future CEO if the city approves Bloom’s license on Mystic.
He assured residents that the company would be “hypervigilant” of its parking lot because any consumption on the spot would endanger the license of the stores.
Plaintiffs stressed that dispensaries are held to higher standards than liquor stores for on-site consumption, said Matthew Phinney, one of the directors of the company. And the staff is attentive to any transfer of merchandise to the parking lot.
“This is a highly regulated industry,” said Ashley Tan, the lawyer representing the group on Wednesday.
There are limits, 1 ounce of flower and 5 grams of concentrate, on the amount of marijuana an individual can purchase for recreational purposes on any given day. And a limit to medicinal use, 10 ounces over a 60 day period, too.
Customer IDs are examined, scanned, recorded and re-examined. Buzzers bring people in, where they are served, and then take them out. Product sales are tracked and tracked; Registered “weight”. And the parking lot will be kept clean and free of debris.
Why is the city late for the party?
Medford is a recent Johnny retailer of recreational marijuana. The delay will allow the city to avoid the crush that hosted the first dispensaries to open in November 2018 in Leicester and Northampton.
Vice President of City Council Adam Knight attributed the delay in part to changes to the laws of 2008, when voters in the state chose to decriminalize medical marijuana and 2016, when it is became fully legal for consumption by adults over 21 years of age.
“We were in the process of writing the prescription for medical use when the laws changed,” Knight said of the delay. He also blamed the lack of legal advice for the council. “This is a perfect example of why city council needs a dedicated legal advisor. “
Ultimately, the council passed a provision that allowed both medicinal and recreational use in the same neighborhoods; those designated Commercial Zone II, along Mystic Avenue, and the City’s Industrial Zone. The ordinance regulating the city’s three permits was adopted in final reading in September 2020.
“It also took a long time to get the order out of the legal department,” Knight said. “The delays were excessive and unnecessary. “
The first sales of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts were recorded in 2018 and by October 2020, more than 80 stores had opened statewide with over $ 1 billion in sales: generating $ 170 million sales tax.
Knight has denounced unrealized income due to the delay in developing an order.
“We were balancing the needs of the community with the will of the voters,” Knight said.
In the program
The city has scheduled the following public meetings for the following dates and times:
July 14 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – 114 Mystic Ave. under the name of New England Organics.
July 19 – 7 to 9 p.m. – City Hall – 403 Riverside Ave. – trade as Sanctuary Medicinals.
July 20 – 6-7 p.m. – Virtual – 313 Mystic Ave. – trading under the name Gone Green.
July 22 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Town Hall – 39 Commercial Street – under the name DMS Trinity Naturals.
July 26 – 5-7 p.m. – Virtual – 162 Mystic Ave. – trading as Theory Wellness
July 26 – 6-8 p.m. – City Hall – 243 Mystic Ave. – trade under the name Resinate.
July 27 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – City Hall – 322 Mystic Ave. – trade as Just Healthy.
July 29 – 7 to 9 p.m. – City Hall – 415 Mystic Ave. – acting under the name of Mystic Grow LLC.