Cannabis company collects committee’s consent to construct

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Selectmen last week granted a special permit and license to Lazy River Products, LLC, to operate a marijuana dispensary, cultivation and processing facility in an industrial building at 145 Broadway Road.

The separate votes to grant the special permit and license to operate were both unanimous, at 5-0.

Lazy River President and CEO William Cassotis and his attorney, George C. Malonis, thanked Town Manager Jim Duggan, Community Development Director Betsy Ware and other town officials for their help with the project.

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing our business to Dracut,” Cassotis said after the vote. “We feel that there is a tremendous amount of positive impact that our plan is going to have on the local community We can’t wait to get started.”

Cassotis, a New Hampshire resident, has said he hopes to have the retail facility open by June 2020. Last week, he said there’s a chance it could be moved up to an earlier date.

At a selectmen’s meeting last month, Cassotis said he hoped to make this Dracut location the company’s world headquarters and plans on expanding to multiple facilities in the future.

“What you see today is what will become the pinnacle standard in Massachusetts for design and build of this size,” he told officials at that meeting. “We’re confident of that.”

The new business will sell products that range from cannabis flower and extracts and concentrates. It will also sell confectionaries, like chocolates and gummies, and hard candies, like lollipops.

The proposed hours of operation for the location are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cassotis last month said the facility will also have production areas with proposed hours seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To purchase from Lazy River, customers will need to be 21 or older and have a valid state ID. They do not have to be a Massachusetts resident.

“I think the entire process went very well,” Selectmen Chairman Jesse Forcier said after the meeting. “The owners of Lazy River were very cooperative and transparent. From day one at their community outreach meeting, they’ve continued to be very professional throughout the entire process.”

Forcier said it sounds like the company is about five months out from getting a stamp of approval from the Cannabis Control Commission.

“I really look forward to seeing what they do to the building and look forward to continuing to work with them,” he said.

Asked about the next steps, Cassotis said it would be to finalize architectural plans.

“By the end of next week, we hope that they’ll be at 90 (percent),” Cassotis said.

The businessman stressed the charitable efforts the company will put forth.

“We are doing an extensive amount of work with the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and a number of other charitable organizations to ensure that there’s that exchange — that give-back to the local community,” Cassotis said.

Lazy River Products is the second cannabis company to be allowed to conduct business in town. The Board of Selectmen last spring first granted a special permit for GreenStar Herbals to operate its business at 76 Pleasant St.

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