Cannabis kerfuffle in Tyngsboro

TYNGSBORO — Homeowners of MJ’s Market, the proposed hashish dispensary at 405-409 Middlesex Highway, have turned to the Choose Board for assist whereas they battle a lawsuit introduced by an present hashish dispensary simply up the road.

Nature’s Treatment, positioned at 426 Middlesex Highway, appealed the particular allow and variance granted to MJ’s Market final 12 months. With that attraction underway, MJ’s Market can not start work on the property. Nature’s Treatment has additionally raised visitors issues of safety in its objections to MJ’s Market.

The property at 405-409 Middlesex Highway is the location of what Tyngsboro residents disparagingly name “the yellow house.” It’s an unoccupied, ramshackle ranch-style home, which City Administrator Matt Hanson says is “the gateway to our town.”

At this week’s Choose Board assembly, Hanson mentioned he tried to persuade Nature’s Treatment to drop the swimsuit in a dialogue with officers of the Florida-based holding firm which now owns the native dispensary. He was unsuccessful.

“We want to see something worthwhile go where the yellow house is,” Choose Board Member Katerina Kalabokis mentioned because the board mentioned its choices with the lawsuit.

The Tyngsboro Choose Board, Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals are additionally named within the lawsuit filed in Massachusetts Superior Courtroom final November.

Brian Foley, co-founder of MJ’s Market, advised Choose Board members, “These actions have gravely damaged MJ’s Market’s prospects of success at 405-409 with nine months of lawsuit delays so far.”

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Foley advised the board that his firm has a backup location if the lawsuit drags on. That plan requires a dispensary to open at 80 Locust Ave., behind the Dream Diner which faces Middlesex Highway.

Nature’s Treatment, which opened two years in the past, is positioned on the southbound aspect of the freeway with visitors coming down from New Hampshire. MJ’s Market could be positioned on the northbound aspect with visitors headed into New Hampshire, the one New England state which doesn’t now permit dispensaries for leisure use of marijuana.

A 12 months after Nature’s Treatment opened, Florida-based Jushi Holdings Inc., acquired it for $91.2 million. The sale included a second dispensary in Millbury and a cultivation facility in Lakeville.

Foley gave an replace on the lawsuit, telling the board that the invention interval ended final week, and he’s slated to offer a deposition on Friday. Jushi/Nature’s Treatment has till Aug. 31 to submit skilled reviews and a visitors examine. MJ’s then can have till Sept. 30 to current its rebuttal.

A visitors examine has been carried out for a proposed warehouse, unrelated to the dispensaries, to be positioned subsequent to Nature’s Treatment. That examine was meant to help placing a visitors gentle at its entrance.

However, in accordance with Heath Gaffney, the opposite co-founder of MJ’s Market, that report confirmed there’s inadequate visitors to justify a light-weight. Talking after the assembly, Gaffney famous that the warehouse plans name for a shared driveway with Nature’s Treatment.

Gaffney additionally famous {that a} craft brewery is within the works at 394 Middlesex Highway within the constructing that when housed Finest Mates Pet Resort. Nature’s Treatment has not raised visitors objections to both the warehouse or the brewery.

The Choose Board has requested for extra detailed info, particularly monetary info and plans for the yellow home.

Choose Board Chair Ron Keohane requested that Foley and Gaffney present that info per week earlier than the Aug. 22 board assembly in order that members can have time to evaluation it.

Harris Shain, legal professional for Jushi Holdings, didn’t return requests for remark.

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