HOLYOKE — The medical marijuana facility at 28 Appleton St. is open for business.
“We’re happy to be in Holyoke,” said Matt Yee, Massachusetts market president for GTI Massachusetts NP Corp., which owns the facility.
Yee gave The Republican a tour of the site Tuesday. It occupies the second floor of an old paper mill at Appleton and Canal streets that the company has converted with an $8 million renovation into a facility that will produce 150 pounds to 200 pounds per week of medical marijuana for shipment to dispensaries, officials said.
Despite the extensive retrofitting of the 1890-era structure, no sign will be posted outside declaring the presence of the pot place. That stems from a desire for security shared by the company and city officials, Yee said.
“We’d like to operate without anyone knowing we’re here,” he said.
The marijuana facility is the city’s first. But GTI CEO Peter Kadens has said GTI is close to building a $1 million marijuana dispensary here that will employ another 10 to 12 people, and other individuals and organizations have shown similar interest in Holyoke.