Easthampton Planning Board meets to discuss controversial proposed pot shop

Hampshire County

A new marijuana business wants to open in Easthampton.

The Herbology Group is waiting for a special permit from the town Planning Board to locate a combined medical marijuana, recreational pot shop on Northampton Street. 

However, some residents are worried, because of its proximity to a daycare center. 

The proposal would put the shop about 200 feet away from the All About Children daycare facility. By law, pot shops can’t be within 500 feet of a school, but that does not include childcare centers. 

“I think there is a general concern about the concept of a retail establishment going next to a daycare,” Easthampton City Planner, Jeff Bagg said. “I think what the Planning Board is still in the process of determining if they are in fact really close or if the impacts are going to be a real issue or concern.”

Although the Planning Board won’t make a final decision Tuesday night, they will be taking into account residents’ concerns. 

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