DRACUT — A company will be hosting a community outreach meeting on Monday evening for a proposed marijuana establishment at 103 Pleasant St.
The meeting organized by the Mensing Group, LLC, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 315, 574 Broadway Road.
The Mensing Group is the first and only homegrown legal and business advisory firm solely dedicated to cannabis in Massachusetts, according to its website.
“The principals Bill Kaltsas and Peter Niarhos are decades-long residents and business people in the town of Dracut and they’re firmly committed to hire as many locals as possible,” Blake Mensing, an entity attorney for BKPN, LLC, said last Friday.
Mensing added that Kaltsas and Niarhos are looking to serve as a model for how to run a compliant cannabis retail business and give back to the community at the same time.
“I can tell you the eventual plan is to have a cultivation facility, a manufacturing facility, and a retail facility at that address,” Mensing said. “The first item on the docket for us is to pursue a retail license.”
Town Manager Jim Duggan said the company previously held a community outreach meeting, but missed a few key notifications so they had to begin the process over again. This is why there will be another meeting this evening.
“I’m looking forward to reviewing the proposal and their investment into the community,” Duggan said late last week.
Duggan added that the town of Dracut can have a minimum of four marijuana retail locations. There is no cap on cultivation facilities.
“This will be our third one in town and the other two companies — Lazy River (Products) and GreenStar (Herbals) — have really gone about it in a very transparent and professional way and I want to hold everyone to that standard,” Board of Selectmen Chair Jesse Forcier said. “I think they’ve set the bar in town as far as their community outreach and their proposals at our meetings for their special permit. I plan to hold everyone to those standards.”
Officials are expected to vote at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting on whether to grant Lazy River Products, LLC, a special permit and license to operate a marijuana dispensary, cultivation and processing facility. The company has proposed a facility at 145 Broadway Road, in an industrial building.
This past spring, the Board of Selectmen granted a special permit for GreenStar Herbals to operate its business at 76 Pleasant St. — a first for the town.
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