Adams Hears From Another Potential Marijuana Cultivator
Another marijuana grow facility was proposed to the Selectmen, however, it would require some bylaw changes.
iBerkshires.com reports Adams native Douglas Rosenthal held a preliminary discussion with the board on Wednesday in regard to a possible outdoor marijuana grow facility on Walling Road.
"We are from here, we love this town, and we are not some big corporation trying to just make a profit," Rosenthal said. "We are literally trying to do the complete opposite of that."
This is one of the many marijuana operations lined up in Adams with a retail and grow facility both slated to open on Howland Avenue. Most recently, a marijuana retail and delivery service has approached the town about opening up on Spring Street.
Rosenthal, a 2009 Hoosac Valley graduate, said he is currently studying for the bar exam and said the 2.5-acre farm would be a family business.
"It is kind of set back from East Road in a pretty secluded area," he said. "We want to have a small local family farm."
Rosenthal said they would be looking at growing 5,000 square feet of product that would only be distributed to retailers. He said they want to follow the "farm to table" model and compared the operation to the many microbreweries popping up over the country.
He said they would start slow with 25 plants and the town itself would be critical to their advertisement campaign.
"We want to promote Adams and market Adams," he said. "We want to use the beauty of Adams. Our draft logo highlights Adams."
Rosenthal admitted there would be some roadblocks and currently the proposed site is zoned residential. According to the town's bylaws, Rosenthal can't grow on Walling Road.
Also the town's bylaws do not permit outdoor growing only indoor.
For this reason, Rosenthal said the first step would to start the amendment process and will solicit the planning board to look at some changes that would allow his type of operation via a special permit.