Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinance to be considered at upcoming Chicopee meeting

Hampden County

The mayor of Chicopee has filed a proposed Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinance to be considered at an upcoming City Council meeting. 

In a news release to 22News from Mayor Richard Kos’ office, the proposed ordinance to be considered at the June 5 City Council meeting is the first step the city will take to create regulations for adult use marijuana. 

Three public hearings will be held with the Planning Board, Zoning and Ordinance Committees before final passage.

“I thank City Planner Lee Pouliot, Assistant City Planner Jack Benjamin, GIS Coordinator Michelle Santerre, City Attorney Dan Garvey, and City Councilor James Tillotson for their efforts in the preparation of this draft ordinance,” said Mayor Richard Kos.

The Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinance will be split into three groups based on the license types being offered by the state.

Group A: Business to Business – any entity that executes wholesale sales transactions between itself and a licensed adult-use marijuana establishment.
License Types: Marijuana Cultivator, Craft Marijuana Cooperative;

Group B: Business to Consumer – any entity that executes retail sales transactions involving adult-use marijuana or marijuana products between itself and the general public or non-business entities.
License Types: Marijuana Retailer, Micro-business, Social Consumption Operator;

Group C: Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments Not Conducting Sales Operations – an entity that engages in no adult-use marijuana sales transactions of any kind.
License Types: Independent Testing and Standards Laboratory, Marijuana Research
Facility, Marijuana Transporter.

The three groups are separate from each other and each has different zoning requirements. The mayor’s office said Group A and B have the most severe requirements as they deal with transactions of marijuana products. 

“In order for an adult-use marijuana facility to open within Chicopee it must obtain a special permit from the City Council and all proposals must meet the requirements set forth within the ordinance,” the news release stated.

22News spoke with one Chicopee resident on the city’s proposed regulations for adult marijuana use.

“Well it’s the law now and I think we have to abide by it. Now there’s 20 applications, but we’re only allowed to have four,” said Patricia Olbrys. “I certainly hope they keep them away from schools and away from children.”  

The proposed ordinance will provide for four retail licenses within the city if passed. This is based upon the number of liquor licenses in the city (one marijuana retail license per five liquor licenses.)

“It is important to note that this Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinance is a stand-alone zoning ordinance, and is completely separate from the current Medical Marijuana Ordinance that is in place for the city,” the news release stated.

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