Revolutionary Clinics marijuana store public hearing postponed
A public hearing on a proposed marijuana store near Orchard Hill Park that was originally scheduled for last week has been postponed until next week.
The October 25 hearing on Revolutionary Clinics’ application for a special permit from the City Council to sell recreational marijuana at 130 Pioneer Drive has been moved to Monday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber of the Leominster town hall.
Councilor John Dombrowski explained that the plaintiff asked to postpone the two-week meeting because the October 25 city council meeting was “short-staffed” with two of the eight council members unable to attend.
At the November 8 meeting, City Council will gain a ninth member when the vacancy following the May death of Ward 1 Councilor Gail Feckley is filled. Ward 1 school committee member Michael Stassen and local chef and restaurant owner William Brady ran in this week’s election, the results of which were not known at press time. The winner will serve not only the remaining weeks of Feckley’s tenure, but also his own two-year term starting in January.
Zoning rules adopted by Leominster City Council after marijuana legalized in a 2016 referendum vote call for the sale of recreational marijuana in the industrial area, and only with a special permit from city council.
Article 13.7 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Leominster states that special permits “require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the authorities with more than five (5) members and a vote of at least four (4) members out of five (5) member authorities.
Revolutionary Clinics is seeking a special permit to open a recreational marijuana dispensary at 130 Pioneer Drive, near the junction of Pioneer Drive and Orchard Hill Park Drive. If approved, the Leominster dispensary would be located in a newly constructed 2,336 square foot building with “basic green building” and “an Apple Store meets Johnny Appleseed level clean energy.”
The Leominster store would be Revolutionary Clinics’ fourth establishment, joining the Cambridge and Somerville stores, but its first sale of recreational marijuana. She also operates a growing facility called Revolutionary Farms in a former shoe factory in Fitchburg, the hometown of Revolutionary Clinics co-founder Ryan Ansin. Revolutionary Farms supplies products to both Revolutionary Clinics and other marijuana stores in Massachusetts.
According to a presentation on its website, Revolutionary Clinics would “maximize tax and tax revenues” through its community hosting agreement with the city of Leominster, hire “local residents of Leominster” for the clinic, “communicate frequently with leaders local economic development ”,“ partner with local health officials to volunteer and fund educational sessions and materials ”and“ support local causes with donations and volunteer work ”.
If approved by city council, the Revolutionary Clinics store would be the first in Leominster. There are two marijuana manufacturing plants in the city – Middlesex Integrative Medicine at 25 Mohawk Drive and The Botanist, which manufactures marijuana based foods at 1775 Lock Drive – and a third in the works of XH Management, Inc., seeking state licenses for a growing and manufacturing facility in the Southgate Business Park in South Leominster.