Medical marijuana dispensary in Great Barrington inches closer to reality

GREAT BARRINGTON>> Great Barrington just got a step closer to hosting a medical marijuana dispensary.

A newly formed local development company, 394 Stockbridge Road LLC, is converting a vacant lot on the north end of town into a medical marijuana dispensary. Theory Wellness Inc., a Stoneham nonprofit, will be the building’s tenant and the dispensary’s operator.

“We hope to be open by next summer,” said Nicholas Anderson, the project’s engineer and the vice president of Lee-based Berkshire Engineering.

Anderson’s remarks came during a presentation to the Planning Board on Thursday for site plan review.

The board approved the project. The review was the only hurdle — save a building permit — the dispensary faces on the local level, Anderson told The Eagle on Friday.

Great Barrington voters approved a bylaw to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in town in 2012. The Theory development can proceed as “by right” in the vacant lot, avoiding special permitting, because the site is zoned for industrial development.

Anderson described the project in detail to the board. The one-story wood framed building will sit in the south of the Laramee’s Cleaners parking lot on an undeveloped stretch of pavement. The dispensary will be placed next to the buffer zone of trees between the parking lot and the narrow stream that divides the Laramee’s lot and Barrington Plaza.

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