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Taunton Gazette: Mozzone Boulevard facility first in Taunton to get retail marijuana license

“The sale of recreational, retail marijuana in the city is one step closer to becoming something real.

“I think it was historic,” said Glenn McElfresh, referring to the 9-to-1 vote taken by the City Council on Tuesday night to approve a license to operate a retail-pot business on Mozzone Boulevard.

McElfresh, who describes himself as compliance officer for Commonwealth Alternative Care, was one of a handful of representatives of the company who sat down with the council’s police and license committee.

The full council later in the evening voted to approve the first-of-its-kind license request…

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Business Wire: TILT Holdings Comments on Ongoing Vaping Issues and Temporary Vape Ban in Massachusetts

September 26, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TILT Holdings Inc. (“TILT” or the “Company”) (CSE: TILT) (OTCQB: TLLTF), a foundational technology cannabis platform comprised of assets to support brands worldwide, released the following statement today from the Company’s interim CEO Mark Scatterday, regarding recent media coverage of vaping issues and a temporary vape ban in Massachusetts.

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Pictured: Jupiter Research cartridges

Pictured: Jupiter Research cartridges

Taunton Daily Gazette: Marijuana retail shops in Taunton would span the city

TAUNTON – When it comes to host community agreements for retail-marijuana shops, the current picture in Taunton is literally all over the map.

Nine entities so far have been granted the first-step agreements by the City Council to open retail pot shops — with locations ranging from East Taunton’s Liberty and Union Industrial Park to the westerly 400 block of Winthrop Street and points in between.

Only one of them, Commonwealth Alternative Care, has so far been granted a special permit to grow and sell recreational marijuana.

Commonwealth Alternative Care already has a foothold in the city.

That group for nearly a year has been growing and selling medical marijuana and cannabis products on industrial-zoned Mozzone Boulevard off of Route 140/County Street.

And since opening, Commonwealth Alternative Care has expanded its medical pot cultivation, or growing, capacity.

It also this year got City Council approval to grow recreational marijuana inside a separate, adjacent building….

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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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Taunton Daily Gazette: Taunton could soon have its first recreational pot store

“The company that since late last year has been growing and selling medical marijuana on Mozzone Boulevard is one step closer to selling recreational cannabis.

The Taunton City Council voted 8-to-1 Tuesday night to grant a special permit to Commonwealth Alternative Care Inc. to utilize its building at 30A and 30B Mozzone Boulevard for the retail, growth, research and transportation of recreational marijuana…”

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Business Wire: TILT Announces Capacity Expansion Approval for Commonwealth Alternative Care

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TILT Holdings Inc. (“TILT” or the “Company”) (CSE: TILT) (OTCQB: SVVTF), a leading provider of products and services to businesses operating in the cannabis industry, today announced that on Tuesday, April 2nd, the City Council of Taunton, Massachusetts voted 8-1 to grant a special permit to operate an adult-use cannabis manufacturing facility to Commonwealth Alternative Care (“CAC”), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of TILT.

The permit allows a 19,602 square foot adult-use manufacturing facility at 16 Mozzone Boulevard, adjacent to TILT’s existing world-class cultivation, processing and dispensary facility at 30 Mozzone Boulevard, and will significantly enhance the Company’s capacity to produce high-quality infused cannabis products at scale. The facility expansion will also enable the implementation of high-end automated manufacturing and packaging equipment, further allowing TILT to deliver end-to-end services and customer solutions to cannabis businesses…”

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Business Wire: TILT Holdings Announces Host Community Payment to City of Taunton for Commonwealth Alternative Care

“Commonwealth Alternative Care is a welcome addition to Taunton and its residents,” said Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye. “CAC is bringing new, well-paying jobs to the area, as well as high-quality products to the citizens of Massachusetts. We appreciate this initial Host Community Payment to further support Taunton’s essential city services, and we look forward to our continued positive relationship.”

“We are delighted to serve the people of Massachusetts and are very pleased with our productive relationship with Mayor Hoye and the city of Taunton,” said Alex Coleman, Chairman and CEO of TILT. “We are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate and are excited about our ongoing partnership as we expand our operations in Taunton and throughout the Commonwealth.”

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The Street: Real Money Goes Behind the Scenes of the Budding Cannabis Industry

“Many investors are setting their eyes on some green in 2019. In this case, that includes the cannabis industry.

Companies such as Tilray, Inc.  (TLRY) , Canopy Growth Corp.  (CGC) , and Cronos Group Inc.  (CRON) have exploded to become some of the most popularly traded stocks on the market. And this has only sped up as the cover on the jar of the American market begins to be pried off.

That being the case, I hopped in my car and set out to Taunton, a small city just southeast of Boston, to do my due diligence and find out more about the ground floor of the newest investment craze.

Pulling off of the highway and past a strip mall, I came upon a nondescript warehouse building emblazoned with a façade reading, Commonwealth Alternative Care.”

ABC 6 WLNE-TV: Taunton medical marijuana dispensary aims to get its recreational license

CAC is just one of three stores in Massachusetts under the multi-national cannabis company, TILT. The other locations will be in Brockton and Cambridge.

"If you look at the numbers coming out of places like Colorado and California, the transition from medical to recreational, you tend to see a 10-15 percent increase in demand when you make it accessible to anybody 21 and older," said TILT CEO Alex Coleman.

If all goes well, Coleman said CAC will have their license to sell recreational marijuana by January. To meet the high demand, they're expecting to fill 225 jobs at the Taunton facility.

"For any municipality that's accepting of cannabis companies, it means jobs, it means tax revenue."

Marijuana isn't only sold at CAC to medical marijuana users, it's also grown there. The facility, that started selling in July, has nearly 20,000 plants in its cultivation processing manufacturing center.

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Taunton Gazette: City Council says yes to Taunton marijuana facility expansion

The medical marijuana facility on Mozzone Boulevard has been open to the public for less than two months. But it’s already taking the next step in terms of growth and expansion.

The nonprofit group that developed and operates the hybrid cultivation-and-retail operation — a registered medical-marijuana dispensary known as Commonwealth Alternative Care Inc. — was granted, by vote of the Taunton City Council, a special permit Tuesday night to expand operations by 80,000 square feet.

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