CHICOPEE – Two business owners announced they are planning to apply for permits to open recreational marijuana shops on Memorial Drive during the first public meeting held to create rules and regulations for the businesses.
The Planning Board met last week to discuss the proposed ordinance that will regulate where the businesses can locate and how they can apply for a license. At least a half-dozen people interested in opening retail marijuana businesses attended.
The city will be able to issue up to four licenses for recreational marijuana businesses. State regulations are setting the number of licenses per community, basing it on the number of liquor licenses permitted, Assistant Planner Jack Benjamin said while unveiling the proposed ordinance.
Brandon Pollock, owner of Theory Wellness, which operates medical marijuana businesses in Great Barrington and Bridgewater, said his company wants to locate in the Pioneer Valley and has found a few possible locations in Chicopee, including one on Memorial Drive.
“We are looking at several communities and Chicopee is more ahead in the process,” he said.
Jim Robinson, owner of JimBuddy’s VapeShop on