Marijuana seller to come before zoning board

  • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, a marijuana joint is rolled in San Francisco. It is now legal in Massachusetts for adults to possess, grow and use limited amounts of recreational marijuana. While the voter-approved law took effect Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, it will be at least another year before the state issues retail licenses to sell the drug. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Marcio Jose Sanchez

Staff Writer
Friday, March 08, 2019

AMHERST — The company interested in converting Rafters Sports Bar & Restaurant into both a medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana dispensary will seek its special permits later this month.

Herbology Group Inc. is coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals March 14 for two approvals so it can use the 422 Amity St. site.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m at Town Room at Town Hall.

RISE Holdings Inc., which opened in May at 169 Meadow St., is the lone medical marijuana dispensary operating in Amherst. In January, RISE received its special permits from the Zoning Board to have adult-use sales from its site.

Both Herbology and RISE have signed host community agreements with the town.

Hadley could soon have its first medical marijuana dispensary as work is progressing on the former Sunoco gas station on Route 9 near the Amherst town line.

That business has a building permit and signed a host community agreement, but can’t do recreational sales without an amendment to its site plans. Planning Board Clerk William Dwyer said the company has not yet approached the board for a revision to its site plans.

In Amherst, the only other company with a host community agreement is Mass Alternative Care Inc., of Springfield, which is seeking to open a retail shop at a vacant restaurant site at 55 University Drive.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.