Longtime residents hope to open mom-and-pop marijuana shop

(Hannah Shirley) Ari Zorn, left, and Heidi Zorn outside what would be the front entrance of their proposed marijuana shop.

EGREMONT — Now that legal recreational marijuana is here to stay in the Commonwealth, Ari Zorn said he doesn’t see any reason why his town should miss out on the benefits.

“This is about the revitalization of South Egremont,” he said.

Ari and his wife, Heidi, will present plans for their retail cannabis shop, proposed for the space underneath the South Egremont Spirit Shoppe at 71 Main St., before the Zoning Board of Appeals in a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 12 in Town Hall.

Should the ZBA grant them a special permit, they will then need to be granted a community-host agreement by the Egremont Select Board. Then the couple will need to apply for a license from the state Cannabis Control Commission.

George McGurn, chairman of the select board, said he has yet to see any site plans or drafts from the Zorns, but plans to watch the process closely.

“Opening a marijuana retail shop is, and I don’t want to mix metaphors here, but it’s not a cakewalk,” he said. “You need a lot of capital, a lot of legal advice, and you can’t do it on sweat equity.”

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