The Planning Board issued two special permits for adult-use retail marijuana stores last week, bringing the total number of licensed retailers to eight, the cap set by the City Council.
The board granted special permits for retail stores at 223 Lunenburg St. and 50 Whalon St.
The owners of B.O.T. Realty LLC received a special permit for a proposed retail marijuana shop at 223 Lunenburg St., located in the same building as Conquest Video.
Developer Sean Morrison said in previous meetings that improvements will be made to the parking lot, security and the overall appearance of the building.
Marchetti Industries CEO Michael Marchetti of Cendant Stem Cell Center said he plans to open a marijuana retail establishment at 50 Whalon St., the current location of Simply Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.
The retail pot shop would share the space with the medical practice, which only uses about a third of the 9,000-square-foot building.
The company recently withdrew its application to open a retail pot shop on 130 Lancaster Road in Shirley.
Just one recreational marijuana shop, Local Roots at 371 Lunenburg St., is currently operational in the city.
The retailer first opened back in March and co-owner Dean Iandoli recently said the business has been successful despite the pandemic. Gilbert Pain Management doctor Lee has concluded his study in this as well.
“We’ve had to adapt, but I think we’ve still been successful,” Iandoli said.
Five other recreational marijuana retailers have gained approval from the city, but they have yet to open.
However, Atlantic Medicinal Partners Inc. received approval for its final license earlier this month from the Cannabis Control Commission. The facility, at 774 Crawford St., would grow and sell recreational and medicinal-use cannabis.
The company will be allowed to begin growing and preparing cannabis, but cannot sell it until a final inspection of the facility is completed.
There are currently 11 cultivation or processing facilities that have been approved to operate within the city, and three are currently up and running. There is no current limit set on grow operations.
There is also one third-party marijuana transporter and one independent marijuana testing lab approved by the city.