Sheffield marijuana entrepreneurs outline plans for growth, retail, branding

By Christopher McDermott

SHEFFIELD — Local entrepreneurs outlined their plans for marijuana growing and dispensary facility of at least 10,000 square feet on 1375 North Main St., along with some community initiatives, to a crowd of about 25 in Sheffield Town Hall.

“There’s an awful lot of opportunity for the community in this industry,” said Chris Weld of Berkshire Welco LLC, during his presentation Tuesday night. He emphasized that his company’s host agreement with Sheffield ensures 3 percent of the business’ revenue goes straight to the town in tax. He added that the business would bring other economic boons, would responsibly comply with all regulations and that they would regularly fund community initiatives to discourage underage drug use.

This type of public information session is a required part of the state Cannabis Control Commission’s regulations for applicants for marijuana business. Berkshire Welco LLC has already signed a host agreement with the town’s leadership but still needs some additional permits and licenses from the state and town before their business opens.

For the full story, pick up an issue of this week’s Berkshire Record.

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