Planning board: Let the market decide number of pot shops

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — With at least five marijuana retailers looking seriously at opening up shop in town, town leaders still express hesitance (or outright opposition) to setting a town-wide limit on the number of establishments.

At a joint meeting of the town’s planning board and select board, Planning Board Chair Brandee Nelson said her group generally thinks that there’s no compelling reason to set a specific limit.

“I think in general there was a consensus that the market would fare that out and that we would use what the state’s got and our local regulations to gauge the progress on it,” Nelson said speaking only as herself.

Select Board Vice Chair Ed Abrahams said that a fifth retailer, called Cultivate Holdings, Inc., out Leicester, has taken out an application. Cultivate is especially relevant because they were the first company in the state to receive a license to sell retail (which only applies to Leicester, they would need additional permissions before they could begin selling in Great Barrington).

Abrahams added that town planner Christopher Rembold has received frequent calls from interested parties, and Abrahams himself has had at least an informal conversation with one other possible applicant. As of now, he added, there have been no serious inquiries from cultivators, just from would-be retailers.

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