West Tisbury selectmen are considering how to word a so-called host community agreement with the owner of the first medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility on the Island — and whether to extract fees from the company.
Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, owned by Island businessman Geoff Rose, is gearing up to grow medical marijuana in a facility off Old Stage Road and dispense it for medical purposes at a separate location on State Road, beginning early next year. Mr. Rose has cleared all the necessary regulatory hurdles for licensing and permits from the state, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the town for the facilities.
But under state law, the town is also required to a craft what is termed a host community agreement with the owner of the new facility, town administrator Jennifer Rand told the selectmen last week.
She said some communities have used host agreements to require medical marijuana dispensaries and producers to pay extra impact fees.
“I have yet to find a community that does not have a financial impact payment,” Ms. Rand told the selectmen