Debbie LaPlaca Correspondent @deblaplaca
CHARLTON – The plan to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Route 20 next spring is expected to have little impact on traffic, according to site developers during a second public hearing Wednesday.
The HealthWise Foundation Inc. is seeking site plan approval from the Planning Board for a 3,300-square-foot dispensary on vacant property at Worcester Road (Route 20) and Masonic Home Road. The property is zoned for community business.
The public hearing was continued to a third session on Jan. 3.
At the hearing Wednesday, board member Patricia A. Rydlak said traffic on Route 20 has been a concern since the opening of Tree House Brewing Co. in July. She asked for assurances that the therapeutic marijuana shop wouldn’t add to backups.
Attorney James A. McMahon of HealthWise said the 15 medicinal marijuana locations statewide are seeing a high volume of individual visits, but he noted that 104 new sites are in the application stage.
“As time goes on, that sort of unique value of being the only one in 50 miles will lessen,” he said,