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Dispensary in Western Massachusetts Set to Open This Fall

Springfield Dispensary

Holyoke’s first medical marijuana dispensary may be operating by November. City Council members may approve the dispensary Tuesday. A City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to approve or deny GTI Massachusetts NP Corp’s application for licensing.

Council President Kevin A. Jourdain has promised to vote yes, even though he has been an outspoken opponent of the dispensary, according to Mass Live. GTI Massachusetts has planned a budget of $8-million for the medical marijuana dispensary’s building process. Council members and other local leaders are pleased with the plans presented to offer up to 30 jobs in the first 12 months.

Marcos A. Marrero of the Planning and Economic Development Department for Holyoke said, “My understanding is that ‘if/when’ they get approval from the full City Council, they’d be able to complete predevelopment tasks (construction blueprints, getting building permits) by mid-summer and complete the built-out by the fall, with a target start of growing operations in October or November.”

Up to 100 jobs may be available in the next 36-months. GTI Massachusetts plans to pay an entry-level salary of $14-per hour with opportunities to advance within the company.

The Mayor of Holyoke, Alex B. Morse, agreed to an annual host-city compensation agreement. The city will receive between $50,000 and $100,000 in its general fund and up to $15,000 in grant money for local groups.

GTI Massachusetts is ready to begin planning, gaining permits and building within days of approval. Construction plans would be drawn-up no later than late June. Preparing the space may take up to five months. Following the completion of building, an occupancy permit may be obtained. The last certification required would be registration with the Department of Health.

GTI Massachusetts said, “Given the time needed to grow and harvest the plants, further staffing and training will be ongoing as operations begin. So there will be a lot of simultaneous work and action going on all at one time.”