Newton marijuana dispensary petitions for city's first recreational permit

In November 2016, Garden Remedies was the first medical marijuana shop to open in Newton. Might they also be the first shop in Newton permitted to sell recreational marijuana?

It’s only the start of the process, but numerous questions need to be answered before Garden Remedies can begin the sale of recreational marijuana from its Washington Street location, said the Newton Land Use Committee at a recent meeting.

On June 5, the committee heard an initial presentation from Garden Remedies to expand sales from medical to recreational. After more than an hour of discussion, the committee continued the public hearing to a subsequent meeting on June 26.

Garden Remedies has sold medical marijuana in Newton since 2016 at its 697 Washington St. location. With one of the building’s tenants soon leaving, the business is looking to expand its physical space as well as its products.

“Garden Remedies is seeking to expand its operation at this address to include the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana, along with the continued sale of medical marijuana,” said Attorney Stephen Buchbinder, representing the dispensary.

If approved, Garden Remedies would expand from its 1,079-square-foot space into the adjoining first-floor office suite. That area would serve as a waiting room and area for offices.

Court Street abutters object

In addition, Garden Remedies would add an 11-space parking lot at the corner of Washington Street and Court Street, with the entrance along Court Street.

A number of Court Street residents attended the meeting, stating their opposition to the project and parking lot.

Bob Kavanagh, a Court Street resident for nearly 40 years, said the small neighborhood street couldn’t handle the increased traffic that would result from this project. He said it was the culmination of a series of projects that had impacted the neighborhood.

“It’s the drip, drip,

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