By Paul Gately
In a March 30 letter to the Bourne Board of Selectmen, The Haven Center asked the board to finalize a host community agreement, this after Town Meeting voted not to ban recreational marijuana sales in town.
The center, which is planning an adult-use marijuana dispensary, reminds the town that it enjoys “grandfathering status for its (proposed MacArthur Boulevard) location per state law.”
The firm says it is time to take marijuana sales “out of the hands of the black market, improve public safety, and return significant revenue to the town.”
Town Administrator Thomas Guerino recently said if the proposed medical/adult usage dispensary generated $5 million in revenue over the course of a year, and if a three percent surtax on dispensary sales was enacted, the revenue flowing to town coffers would total $150,000.
The center also offers an additional three percent of gross sales for medical marijuana and local jobs preference for its proposed facility.
The Haven Center is moving quickly on the marijuana dispensary front. It seeks an April 17 meeting with selectmen to discuss a host community fee.
The center has also scheduled an April 12 community outreach session in the Bourne Public Library’s community meeting room. Topics will include dispensary plans, methods to defer minors from the facility, and ways to avoid becoming a community nuisance.
Planning board chairman Elmer Clegg, however, wonders if the room is large enough to accommodate an interested public. He added that the meeting time is not the best for the working public.
While Haven Center is moving quickly in its own best interest, Guerino said the town is proceeding “expeditiously” to deal with marijuana issues still to arise in the wake of the Town Meeting vote to reject the sale of recreational marijuana on March 26.