ZBA approves special permit for medical marijuana facility

LAKEVILLE — It’s official. With a unanimous vote last Thursday night, the Lakeville Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit which will allow Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts, Inc. to open a medical marijuana production facility and retail dispensary in the Lakeville Industrial Park.

Now, the for-profit medical marijuana provider has to wait out a 20-day appeal period during which the special permit to operate may be challenged, and await the order of conditions for operating the facility to be issued by the Appeals Board. Once all the local licensing requirements are met, the corporation still has to get its state approval to start retail sales to medical marijuana card holders from the site.

Nature’s Remedy has already been issued a provisional license by the state to start cultivating, processing, testing, and selling medical marijuana, and recently signed a community host agreement (CHA) with Lakeville selectmen to operate the facility at 310 Kenneth Welch Drive.

Several weeks back, the Planning Board approved the site plan for the cultivation and retail sales operation in the empty industrial building where the company will be growing and processing medical marijuana for retail sales and local delivery.

That site plan approval deemed the existing 70 parking spaces at the facility would be adequate to serve the estimated 30 employees that will be working there, as well as the estimated 10 cars per hour that could be visiting the registered dispensary.

Extensive renovations to the building have been underway for some time, with major upgrades to the electrical and HVAC systems required for the grow operation. A company representative told the Planning Board at that hearing that Nature’s Remedy hopes to have its first local crop “in the ground” by the end of July.

The only local requirement still to be met as of last Thursday’s

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