BENNINGTON — A group seeking to open the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Bennington area has abandoned plans for use of an Elm Street site and will explore other locations in town.
William Cats-Baril, CEO of PhytoScience Institute, LLC, said Wednesday that, after speaking with town zoning officials about a vacant building at 345 Elm St., the group will seek an alternative site.
“They politely gave us a heads up that [permitting] would be difficult because of neighborhood opposition,” said Cats-Baril. He had previously stated that PhytoScience wants to work with the community and would not try to force the facility into a site that residents opposed.
Opposition to the proposal was voiced by some residents online and in letters to the editor following an article about the Elm Street building, which formerly housed medical practice tenants.
“We are all about working with the community,” Cats-Baril said. “We are looking at other locations and hope to find one that is acceptable.”
He said he intends to visit three possible sites this week.
The group has received conditional approval for what will be the state’s