The Enterprise: Brockton pot shop proposals up for board approval

BROCKTON — Marijuana is on the agenda at City Hall, with a series of pot shop proposals now working their way through the local permitting process, including a request for site plan approval at a proposed retail store on the west side.

Commonwealth Alternative Care, represented by attorney James Burke, is scheduled to appear before the Planning Board at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the G.A.R. Room at City Hall. The company, which opened a medical marijuana dispensary and a grow operation in Taunton last year, with plans for another store in Cambridge, is seeking to open up its doors for retail pot sales at 1090 West Chestnut St., where it renovated a former one-floor warehouse building that was previously used as the home of the Living Word Church.

Burke said Commonwealth Alternative Care already has a provisional license from the state to operate as a recreational marijuana retail store, by virtue of already obtaining a provisional license for a medical marijuana dispensary two years ago. The City Council earlier this year approved ordinances governing the issuance of pot shop permits on the local level, but the city laws state that applicants with medical marijuana licenses located in a zoning overlay district on the city’s west side are grandfathered in at their present locations, in terms of zoning and licensing for adult use recreational marijuana.

“They were provided with provisional license before the ordinance went in,” Burke said. “They are one of two applicants that are exempt.”…

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