About 20 Randolph residents turned out to voice their concerns about a medical marijuana grow facility and dispensary that Verdant Medical Inc. wants to open on Pacella Park Drive as its application came before the Town Council for a special permit Monday.
Several residents said they had concerns about increased traffic from the proposed dispensary and about putting the facility next to a residential area. Neighbors said the town has allowed the Pacella Park area, once set aside for industrial development, to become a “hodge-podge” where about 250 units of housing are under construction.
Neighbor Trung Khuu argued that the facility would be within the 1,000-foot required buffer of the May Institute, a school for children with disabilities. Randolph Town Manager David C. Murphy said a thorough review showed it fulfills the distance requirement.
Murphy said a majority of the town’s voters favored legalization of medical marijuana in the 2012 election. The town also has a local host agreement with Boston-based Verdant Medical Inc. that will provide 4.25 percent of its revenues to the town for a variety of purposes including youth programming, public safety, and substance-abuse awareness, he said.
Resident Jeffrey Warner said it would be good to put to use the building at 78 Pacella Park Drive that once housed a pharmaceutical firm and has been vacant for several years. But Verdant should “go to another town” if it wants to sell recreational marijuana in the future, he said.
Verdant representatives said the site will be well-regulated with high security and odor and waste control. It would operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
The Town Council could vote on the application as soon as March 27.
A male bystander prevented the man from fleeing the scene, police said in a statement.Continue reading »
News that the Red Sox farm team intends to leave its longtime home in Pawtucket for Worcester was a heavy blow for baseball fans and residents of this old mill town.Continue reading »
On a picturesque summer day, the ocean off Longnook Beach proved too enticing, as dozens of people ventured into the water Thursday, even as several new shark sightings were reported near the scene of the attack.Continue reading »
Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree allegedly stole $11,103 in overtime.Continue reading »
Shaped by money, style or both, the GOP’s US Senate primary has become a study in contrasting campaign trails among the three Republicans vying to face Elizabeth Warren.Continue reading »
A former state representative and Dartmouth selectman who’s currently serving a 70-month federal prison term for embezzlement was sentenced Friday.Continue reading »
Any health issues for Biden, 75, would be significant, since his name has been floated as potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.Continue reading »
Coast Guard Beach in Eastham was closed to swimmers for an hour Friday afternoon after a great white shark was spotted swimming 50 yards offshore.Continue reading »
Around 4 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was rumbling northeast from Acton, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail.Continue reading »