Chicopee, Massachusetts is set to host Hampden County’s first recreational cannabis retailer after the Cannabis Control Commission granted a license to Mass Alternative Care, the Reminder reports. The company already sells medical cannabis; adult-use products will be sold in the same building but in a separate area due to different sales systems and tax rates.

Nathan Moreau, spokesperson for Mayor Richard Kos, indicated that recreational sales would not begin for a few weeks, as regulators still need to conduct final inspections of the facility.

Chicopee is also considering approval for Green Meadows Farm, who last week hosted a community outreach presentation on the proposal. Green Meadows, which shifted from organic vegetable farming to cannabis cultivation in 2017, plans to open a dual-use facility for both recreational and medical cannabis.

According to the report, about half of the outreach presentation attendees opposed the dispensary due to public safety, zoning, and traffic concerns.

Green Meadow CEO Robert Patton told residents that the dispensary would be focused on the medical side of the business and they expected to create about 10 to 15 jobs.

The outreach presentation is just the first step for the company. There is no indication of when a decision is expected.

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